The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.a The man's oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:b2
I am the least intelligent of men,c and I lack man's ability to understand.
I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One.d4
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?e Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak?f Who has established all the ends of the earth?g What is His name, and what is the name of His Son- if you know?h5
Every word of God is pure;ij He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Don't add to His words,k or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
Two things I ask of You; don't deny them to me before I die:
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.l9
Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, "Who is the Lord?"m or I might have nothing and steal, profaningn the name of my God.
Don't slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.
There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother.
There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth.
There is a generation-how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.o14
There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
The leech has two daughters: Give, Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough!":
Sheol;p a barren womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, "Enough!"
As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it.
Three things are beyond me; four I can't understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I've done nothing wrong."
The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four:
a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food,
an unloved woman when she marries, and a serving girl when she ousts her lady.q24
Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer;r26
hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks;
a lizards can be caught in your hands, yet it lives in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their stride, even four are stately in their walk:
a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn't retreat before anything,
a strutting rooster,t a goat, and a king at the head of his army.u32
If you have been foolish by exalting yourself, or if you've been scheming, put your hand over your mouth.
For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.