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Proverbs 30 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:1 - The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ith'i-el, to Ith'i-el and Ucal:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:2 - Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:3 - I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:4 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:5 - Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge 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 ask of thee; deny them not to me before I die:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:8 - Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:9 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:10 - Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:11 - There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:12 - There are those who are pure in their own eyes but are not cleansed of their filth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:13 - There are those--how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:14 - There are those whose teeth are swords, whose teeth are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:15 - The leech has two daughters; "Give, give," they cry. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough":
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:16 - Sheol, the barren womb, the earth ever thirsty for water, and the fire which never says, "Enough."
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:17 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:18 - Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:19 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:20 - This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong."
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:21 - Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:22 - a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:23 - an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:24 - Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:25 - the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:26 - the badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:27 - the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:28 - the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:29 - Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:30 - the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:31 - the strutting cock, the he-goat, and a king striding before his people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:32 - If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 30:33 - For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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