Proverbs 30 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The skeptic swore, "There is no God! No God! - I can do anything I want! 1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh--an oracle: This man declared to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal:
2 I'm more animal than human; so-called human intelligence escapes me. 2 "I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man's understanding.
3 "I flunked 'wisdom.' I see no evidence of a holy God. 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Has anyone ever seen Anyone climb into Heaven and take charge? grab the winds and control them? gather the rains in his bucket? stake out the ends of the earth? Just tell me his name, tell me the names of his sons. Come on now - tell me!" 4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!
5 The believer replied, "Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help. 5 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 So don't second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies." 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things before I die; don't refuse me - 7 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 If I'm too full, I might get independent, saying, 'God? Who needs him?' If I'm poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God." 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
10 Don't blow the whistle on your fellow workers behind their backs; They'll accuse you of being underhanded, and then you'll be the guilty one! 10 "Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 Don't curse your father or fail to bless your mother. 11 "There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;
12 Don't imagine yourself to be quite presentable when you haven't had a bath in weeks. 12 those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 Don't be stuck-up and think you're better than everyone else. 13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;
14 Don't be greedy, merciless and cruel as wolves, Tearing into the poor and feasting on them, shredding the needy to pieces only to discard them. 14 those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth, the needy from among mankind.
15 A leech has twin daughters named "Gimme" and "Gimme more." Four Insatiables Three things are never satisfied, no, there are four that never say, "That's enough, thank you!" - 15 "The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':
16 hell, a barren womb, a parched land, a forest fire. 16 the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
17 An eye that disdains a father and despises a mother - that eye will be plucked out by wild vultures and consumed by young eagles. Four Mysteries 17 "The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.
18 Three things amaze me, no, four things I'll never understand - 18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
19 how an eagle flies so high in the sky, how a snake glides over a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, why adolescents act the way they do. 19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
20 Here's how a prostitute operates: she has sex with her client, Takes a bath, then asks, "Who's next?" Four Intolerables 20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'
21 Three things are too much for even the earth to bear, yes, four things shake its foundations - 21 "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
22 when the janitor becomes the boss, when a fool gets rich, 22 a servant who becomes king, a fool who is full of food,
23 when a whore is voted "woman of the year," when a "girlfriend" replaces a faithful wife. Four Small Wonders 23 an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
24 There are four small creatures, wisest of the wise they are - 24 "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
25 ants - frail as they are, get plenty of food in for the winter; 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 marmots - vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes; 26 coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
27 locusts - leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
28 lizards - easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards. Four Dignitaries 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
29 There are three solemn dignitaries, four that are impressive in their bearing - 29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
30 a lion, king of the beasts, deferring to none; 30 a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
31 a rooster, proud and strutting; a billy goat; a head of state in stately procession. 31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him.
32 If you're dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people and making rude gestures, 32 "If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!
33 Don't be surprised if someone bloodies your nose. Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights. 33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."