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Proverbs 30 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Wisdom of Agur
The Wisdom of Agur
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:1 - The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:2 - Surely I am more stupid than any man,
And do not have the understanding of a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:3 - I neither learned wisdom
Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:4 - Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:5 - Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:6 - Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:7 - Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:8 - Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:9 - Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the LORD?”
Or lest I be poor and steal,
And profane the name of my God.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:10 - Do not malign a servant to his master,
Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:11 - There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:12 - There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:13 - There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:14 - There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:15 - The leech has two daughters—
Give and Give!

There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four never say, “Enough!”:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:16 - The grave,[fn]
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water—
And the fire never says, “Enough!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:17 - The eye that mocks his father,
And scorns obedience to his mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:18 - There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
Yes, four which I do not understand:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:19 - The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
And the way of a man with a virgin.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:20 - This is the way of an adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wickedness.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:21 - For three things the earth is perturbed,
Yes, for four it cannot bear up:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:22 - For a servant when he reigns,
A fool when he is filled with food,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:23 - A hateful woman when she is married,
And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:24 - There are four things which are little on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:25 - The ants are a people not strong,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:26 - The rock badgers[fn] are a feeble folk,
Yet they make their homes in the crags;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:27 - The locusts have no king,
Yet they all advance in ranks;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:28 - The spider[fn] skillfully grasps with its hands,
And it is in kings’ palaces.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:29 - There are three things which are majestic in pace,
Yes, four which are stately in walk:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:30 - A lion, which is mighty among beasts
And does not turn away from any;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:31 - A greyhound,[fn]
A male goat also,
And a king whose troops are with him.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 - If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:33 - For as the churning of milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose produces blood,
So the forcing of wrath produces strife.
NKJV Footnotes
Or Sheol
Or hyraxes
Or lizard
Exact identity unknown
A Jewish tradition reads a king against whom there is no uprising.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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