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Proverbs 30 (English Standard Version)

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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 2 Surely I am too 1stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of 2the Holy One. 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! 5 8Every word of God proves true; he is 9a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 10Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. 7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me 11before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is 12needful for me, 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. 10 17Do not slander a servant to his master, 18lest he curse you, and you be held guilty. 11 There are thosec who 19curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. 12 There are those who are 20clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth. 13 There are those--how 21lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift! 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. 15 The leech has two daughters: Give and Give.d 25Three things are never satisfied; 26four never say, "Enough": 16 27Sheol, 28the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, "Enough." 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. 18 33Three things are 34too wonderful for me; 35four I do not understand: 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: 22 39a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is 40filled with food; 23 41an unloved woman when she 42gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress. 24 43Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: 25 44the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; 26 45the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; 27 the locusts have no 46king, yet all of them march in 47rank; 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: 30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and 50does not turn back before any; 31 the 51strutting rooster,e the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him.f 32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, 52put your hand on your mouth. 33 For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.
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