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Proverbs 30 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Every Word of God Is Tested

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The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the [fn]oracle.

The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:

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Surely I am more senseless than any man,

And I do not have the understanding of mankind.

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Neither have I learned wisdom,

Nor do I know the knowledge of the Holy One.

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Who has ascended into heaven and descended?

Who has gathered the wind in His fists?

Who has wrapped the waters in [fn]His garment?

Who has [fn]established all the ends of the earth?

What is His name? And what is His Son’s name?

Surely you know!

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Every word of God is [fn]tested;

He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

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Do not add to His words

Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.

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Two things I asked of You,

Do not withhold from me before I die:

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Keep worthlessness and every false word far from me,

Give me neither poverty nor riches;

Feed me with the food that is my portion,

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Lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is Yahweh?”

Or lest I be impoverished and steal,

And [fn]profane the name of my God.

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Do not slander a slave to his master,

Lest he curse you and you be found guilty.

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There is a generation that curses its father

And does not bless its mother.

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There is a generation that is clean in its own eyes,

Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

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There is a generation—oh how haughty are its eyes!

And its eyelids are lifted up.

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There is a generation whose teeth are like swords

And its fangs like knives,

To devour the afflicted from the earth

And the needy from among men.

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The leech has two daughters,

“Give,” “Give.”

There are three things that will not be satisfied,

Four that will not say, “Enough”:

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Sheol, and the barren womb,

Earth that is never satisfied with water,

And fire that never says, “Enough.”

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The eye that mocks a father

And despises obedience to a mother,

The ravens of the valley will pick it out,

And the young eagles will eat it.

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There are three things which are too wonderful for me,

Four which I do not understand:

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The way of an eagle in the sky,

The way of a serpent on a rock,

The way of a ship in the heart of the sea,

And the way of a man with a virgin.

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This is the way of an adulterous woman:

She eats and wipes her mouth,

And says, “I have done no wrong.”

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Under three things the earth quakes,

And under four, it cannot bear up:

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Under a slave when he becomes king,

And a wicked fool when he is satisfied with food,

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Under [fn]an unloved woman when she gets a husband,

And a servant-girl when she supplants her mistress.

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Four things are small on the earth,

But they are exceedingly wise:

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The ants are not a strong people,

But they prepare their food in the summer;

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The [fn]shephanim are not a mighty people,

Yet they make their houses in the cliff;

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The locusts have no king,

Yet all of them go out in rank;

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The lizard you may grasp with the hands,

Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

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There are three things which are stately in their march,

Even four which are stately when they walk:

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The lion which is mighty among the animals

And does not turn back before any,

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The [fn]strutting rooster, the male goat also,

And a king when his army is with him.

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If you have been wickedly foolish in lifting yourself up,

Or if you have schemed evil, put your hand on your mouth.

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For pressing milk brings forth butter,

And pressing the nose brings forth blood;

And pressing anger brings forth strife.

LSB Footnotes
Or burden
Lit the
Lit raised up
Or tried, cf. 2 Sam 22:31; Ps 18:30
Lit take hold of
Lit a hated
Small, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus)
Lit girt in the loins

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