Proverbs 30 ESV

The Words of Agur

1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.aThe man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out.b

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    • Ñ 30:1 - Or Jakeh, the man of Massa
    • Ò 30:1 - Revocalization; Hebrew The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal
      2 Surely I am too 1stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.

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      3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of 2the Holy One.

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      4 Who has 3ascended to heaven and come down? Who has 4gathered the wind in his fists? Who has 5wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all 6the ends of the earth? 7What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!

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      5 8Every word of God proves true; he is 9a shield to those who take refuge in him.

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      6 10Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

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      7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me 11before I die:

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      8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is 12needful for me,

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      9 lest I be 13full and 14deny you and say, 15"Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor and steal 16and profane the name of my God.

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          10 17Do not slander a servant to his master, 18lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.

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          11 There are thosec who 19curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

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            • Ó 30:11 - Hebrew There is a generation; also verses 12, 13, 14
              12 There are those who are 20clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth.

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              13 There are those--how 21lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!

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              14 There are those whose teeth are 22swords, whose 23fangs are knives, to 24devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.

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              15 The leech has two daughters: Give and Give.d 25Three things are never satisfied; 26four never say, "Enough":

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                • Ô 30:15 - Or "Give, give," they cry
                  16 27Sheol, 28the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, "Enough."

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                  17 The eye that 29mocks a father and 30scorns to obey a mother will 31be picked out by 32the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

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                      18 33Three things are 34too wonderful for me; 35four I do not understand:

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                          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 virgin.
                          20 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I have done no wrong."
                          21 Under 36three things 37the earth trembles; under 38four it cannot bear up:

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                              22 39a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is 40filled with food;

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                                  23 41an unloved woman when she 42gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.

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                                  24 43Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

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                                    • 1344 30:24 - [See ver. 15 above]
                                      25 44the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

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                                      26 45the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;

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                                      27 the locusts have no 46king, yet all of them march in 47rank;

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                                      28 the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.
                                      29 48Three things are stately in their tread; 49four are stately in their stride:

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                                          30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and 50does not turn back before any;

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                                          31 the 51strutting rooster,e the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him.f

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                                            • Õ 30:31 - Or the magpie, or the greyhound; Hebrew girt-of-loins
                                            • Ö 30:31 - Or against whom there is no rising up
                                              32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, 52put your hand on your mouth.

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