Proverbs Chapter 30 |
1The words of Agur son of Jakeh, [man of] Massa; The speech of the man to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
2I am brutish, less than a man;
I lack common sense.
3I have not learned wisdom,
Nor do I possess knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who has ascended heaven and come down?
Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hand?
Who has wrapped the waters in his garment?
Who has established all the extremities of the earth?
What is his name or his son’s name, if you know it?
5Every word of God is pure,
A shield to those who take refuge in Him.
6Do not add to His words,
Lest He indict you and you be proved a liar.
7Two things I ask of you; do not deny them to me before I die:
8Keep lies and false words far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches,
But provide me with my daily bread,
9Lest, being sated, I renounce, saying,
“Who is the Lord?”
Or, being impoverished, I take to theft
And profane the name of my God.
10Do not inform on a slave to his master,
Lest he curse you and you incur guilt.
11There is a breed of men that brings a curse on its fathers
And brings no blessing to its mothers,
12A breed that thinks itself pure,
Though it is not washed of its filth;
13A breed so haughty of bearing, so supercilious;
14A breed whose teeth are swords,
Whose jaws are knives,
Ready to devour the poor of the land,
The needy among men.
15The leech has two daughters, “Give!” and “Give!”
Three things are insatiable;
Four never say, “Enough!”:
16Sheol, a barren womb,
Earth that cannot get enough water,
And fire which never says, “Enough!”
17The eye that mocks a father
And disdains the homage due a mother—
The ravens of the brook will gouge it out,
Young eagles will devour it.
18Three things are beyond me;
Four I cannot fathom:
19How an eagle makes its way over the sky;
How a snake makes its way over a rock;
How a ship makes its way through the high seas;
How a man has his way with a maiden.
20Such is the way of an adulteress:
She eats, wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wrong.”
21The earth shudders at three things,
At four which it cannot bear:
22A slave who becomes king;
A scoundrel sated with food;
23A loathsome woman who gets married;
A slave-girl who supplants her mistress.
24Four are among the tiniest on earth,
Yet they are the wisest of the wise:
25Ants are a folk without power,
Yet they prepare food for themselves in summer;
26The badger is a folk without strength,
Yet it makes its home in the rock;
27The locusts have no king,
Yet they all march forth in formation;
28You can catch the lizard in your hand,
Yet it is found in royal palaces.
29There are three that are stately of stride,
Four that carry themselves well:
30The lion is mightiest among the beasts,
And recoils before none;
31The greyhound, the he-goat,
The king whom none dares resist.
32If you have been scandalously arrogant,
If you have been a schemer,
Then clap your hand to your mouth.
33As milk under pressure produces butter,
And a nose under pressure produces blood,
So patience under pressure produces strife.