Proverbs 30 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The message of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. 1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh--an oracle: This man declared to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal:
2 I am too ignorant to be human, and I lack common sense. 2 "I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man's understanding.
3 I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name -- and his son's name? Tell me if you know! 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 Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection. 5 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you, and you will be found a liar. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. 7 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, "Who is the LORD?" And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God's holy name. 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 Never slander a person to his employer. If you do, the person will curse you, and you will pay for it. 10 "Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother. 11 "There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;
12 They feel pure, but they are filthy and unwashed. 12 those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 They are proud beyond description and disdainful. 13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;
14 They devour the poor with teeth as sharp as swords or knives. They destroy the needy from the face of the earth. 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 The leech has two suckers that cry out, "More, more!" There are three other things -- no, four! -- that are never satisfied: 15 "The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':
16 the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire. 16 the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
17 The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures. 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 There are three things that amaze me -- no, four things I do not understand: 18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
19 how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. 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 Equally amazing is how an adulterous woman can satisfy her sexual appetite, shrug her shoulders, and then say, "What's wrong with that?" 20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'
21 There are three things that make the earth tremble -- no, four it cannot endure: 21 "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
22 a slave who becomes a king, an overbearing fool who prospers, 22 a servant who becomes king, a fool who is full of food,
23 a bitter woman who finally gets a husband, a servant girl who supplants her mistress. 23 an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: 24 "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
25 Ants -- they aren't strong, but they store up food for the winter. 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 Rock badgers -- they aren't powerful, but they make their homes among the rocky cliffs. 26 coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
27 Locusts -- they have no king, but they march like an army in ranks. 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
28 Lizards -- they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings' palaces. 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
29 There are three stately monarchs on the earth -- no, four: 29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
30 the lion, king of animals, who won't turn aside for anything, 30 a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
31 the strutting rooster, the male goat, a king as he leads his army. 31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him.
32 If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, don't brag about it -- cover your mouth with your hand in shame. 32 "If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!
33 As the beating of cream yields butter, and a blow to the nose causes bleeding, so anger causes quarrels. 33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."