The Oracle of Agur

1 The words of Agur, son of Yakeh, the oracle. Thus says the man to Ithiel, to Ithiel, and Ucal:

References for Proverbs 30:1

    • a 30:1 - Or "I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out"
      2 Certainly I [am more] stupid than a man, and the understanding of humankind [is] not for me.
      3 And I have not learned wisdom, nor will I know knowledge of the Holy One.

      References for Proverbs 30:3

        • b 30:3 - Or "holy ones"
          4 Who has ascended [to] heaven and come down? Who has gathered [the] wind in the hollow of his hand? Who has wrapped water in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What [is] his name and what is the name of his child? For [surely] you know.

          References for Proverbs 30:4

            • c 30:4 - Hebrew "the"
              5 Every word of God [is] flawless; he [is] a shield for him who takes refuge in him.
              6 Do not add to his words lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
              7 Two things I ask from you; do not deny me before I die:
              8 Keep falsehood and a {lying word} far from me; do not give me poverty or wealth; provide me [with] food [only for] my need.

              References for Proverbs 30:8

                • d 30:8 - Literally "word of a lie"
                  9 Or else I will be satisfied and will deny [him] and say "Who [is] Yahweh?" Or I will be poor and will steal and profane the name of my God.

                  References for Proverbs 30:9

                    • e 30:9 - Or "Lest"
                      10 Do not slander a servant to his master, or else he will curse you and you will be guilty.
                      11 [There is] a generation [that] will curse its father, and its mother it will not bless.
                      12 [There is] a generation [that is] pure in its own eyes, but from its filthiness it will not be cleansed.
                      13 [There is] a generation--how lofty [are] their eyes! And their eyelids they will lift.
                      14 [There is] a generation whose teeth [are] swords, and its jawbones, knives, [in order] to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from humankind.

                      References for Proverbs 30:14

                          15 For the leech, [there are] two daughters; "Give, give!" [they cry]. As for three of these, they are not satisfied; as for four, they do not say enough.
                          16 Sheol and barrenness of womb, the land is not satisfied [with] water, and fire does not say "enough!"

                          References for Proverbs 30:16

                            • g 30:16 - A term for the place where the dead reside, i.e., the Underworld
                              17 The eye [that] mocks a father and scorns the obedience of a mother-- the ravens of the valley will peck it out, and the offspring of vultures will eat it.
                              18 Three of these are [too] wonderful for me, and four, I do not understand them:
                              19 the way of the eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship in the heart of the sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.
                              20 This is the way of a woman committing adultery: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says "I have not done wrong."
                              21 Under three [things] the earth trembles, and under four, it is not able to bear up:

                              References for Proverbs 30:21

                                  22 under a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is satisfied [with] food;
                                  23 under an unloved woman when she gets married, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
                                  24 There [are] four small things on the earth, and they [are] {exceedingly wise}:

                                  References for Proverbs 30:24

                                    • i 30:24 - Literally "wise [ones] from wise [ones]"
                                      25 The ants [are] a people [who are] not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
                                      26 the badgers [are] a people [who are] not mighty, yet they set their house on the rock;
                                      27 there is no king for the locust, yet it marches in rank;
                                      28 a lizard you [can] seize with hands, yet it is in palaces of kings.
                                      29 There [are] three [things] that are magnificent of stride, and four that are magnificent [when] moving:
                                      30 a mighty lion among the beasts, but he will not turn back from {any face};

                                      References for Proverbs 30:30

                                        • j 30:30 - Hebrew "beasts"
                                        • k 30:30 - Literally "faces of all"
                                          31 a strutting rooster or he-goat, and a king [whose] army [is] with him.
                                          32 If you have been foolish by exalting yourself, and if you have devised evil, [put your] hand to [your] mouth.
                                          33 For pressing milk produces curd, and pressing the nose produces blood, so pressing {anger} produces strife.

                                          References for Proverbs 30:33

                                            • l 30:33 - Literally "nostrils"