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Proverbs 30 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ith'i-el, to Ith'i-el and Ucal:

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Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.

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I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.

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Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up 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? Surely you know!

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Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

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Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

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Two things I ask of thee; deny them not to me before I die:

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Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,

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lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, "Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God.

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Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

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There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

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There are those who are pure in their own eyes but are not cleansed of their filth.

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There are those--how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!

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There are those whose teeth are swords, whose teeth are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among men.

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The leech has two daughters; "Give, give," they cry. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough":

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Sheol, the barren womb, the earth ever thirsty for water, and the fire which never says, "Enough."

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The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

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Three things are too wonderful for me; four 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 on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.

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This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong."

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Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:

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a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food;

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an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.

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Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

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the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

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the badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the rocks;

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the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;

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the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.

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Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride:

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the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;

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the strutting cock, the he-goat, and a king striding before his people.

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If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.

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For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.
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