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Proverbs 30:16-26 (Holman Christian Standard)

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16 Sheol;a a barren womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, "Enough!" 17 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. 18 Three things are beyond me; four I can't understand: 19 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. 20 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I've done nothing wrong." 21 The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four: 22 a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food, 23 an unloved woman when she marries, and a serving girl when she ousts her lady.b 24 Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer;c 26 hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
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