The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the aoracle. The mandeclares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal :
2Surely I am more1stupidthananyman, And I do not have the understanding of a man.
3Neither have I learnedwisdom, Nor do I have the 2knowledge of the HolyOne.
4Who has 3ascended into heaven and descended ? Who has gathered the 4wind in His fists ? Who has 5wrapped the waters in bHis garment ? Who has 6establishedall the ends of the earth ? What is His 7name or His son'sname ? Surely you know !
5Every8word of God is tested ; He is a 9shield to those who takerefuge in Him.
610Do not add to His wordsOr He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
7Twothings I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die :
8Keepdeception and cliesfar from me, Give me neitherpovertynorriches ; Feed me with the 11food that is my portion,
That I not be 12full and deny13You and say, "Who is the LORD ?" Or that I not be 14in want and steal, And 15profane the name of my God.
Do not slander a slave to his master, Or he will 16curse you and you will be foundguilty.
There is a dkind of man who 17curses his father And does not bless his mother.
There is a ekind who is 18pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
There is a fkind -oh how19lofty are his eyes ! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
There is a gkind of man whose 20teeth are like swords And his 21jawteeth like knives, To 22devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.
The leech has twodaughters, "Give," "Give." There are threethings that will not be satisfied, Four that will not say, "Enough ":
16h23Sheol, and the 24barrenwomb, Earth that is neversatisfied with water, And fire that neversays, "Enough."
The eye that 25mocks a father And i26scorns a mother, The 27ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young28eagles will eat it.
18There are threethings which are toowonderful for me, Four which I do not understand :
The way of an 29eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.
20This is the way of an 30adulterouswoman : She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have donenowrong."
21Underthreethings the earthquakes, And underfour, it cannotbear up:
22Under a 31slavewhen he becomesking, And a foolwhen he is satisfied with food,
23Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband, And a maidservantwhen she supplants her mistress.
24Fourthings are small on the earth, But they are exceedinglywise :
The 32ants are not a strongpeople, But they prepare their food in the summer ;
The j33shephanim are not mightypeople, Yet they make their houses in the rocks ;
The locustshavenoking, Yet all of them go out in 34ranks ;
The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings'palaces.
29There are threethings which are stately in their march, Even four which are stately when they walk :
The lion which is 35mighty among beasts And does not k36retreatbeforeany,
The lstruttingrooster, the malegoatalso, And a king when his army is with him.
32If you have beenfoolish in exalting yourself Or if you have plotted evil, 37put your hand on your mouth.
For the mchurning of milkproducesbutter, And pressing the nosebringsforthblood ; So the nchurning of 38angerproducesstrife.