Proverbs 30 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ith'i-el, to Ith'i-el and Ucal: 1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh--an oracle: This man declared to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal:
2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. 2 "I am the most ignorant of men; I do not have a man's understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One. 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely 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 is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 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, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 Two things I ask of thee; deny them not to me before I die: 7 "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
9 lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, "Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane 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 Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty. 10 "Do not slander a servant to his master, or he will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. 11 "There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;
12 There are those who are pure in their own eyes but are not cleansed of their filth. 12 those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 There are those--how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift! 13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;
14 There are those whose teeth are swords, whose teeth are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among men. 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 daughters; "Give, give," they cry. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough": 15 "The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':
16 Sheol, the barren womb, the earth ever thirsty for water, and the fire which never says, "Enough." 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 scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the 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 Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: 18 "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that 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 maiden. 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 This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong." 20 "This is the way of an adulteress: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'
21 Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up: 21 "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
22 a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food; 22 a servant who becomes king, a fool who is full of food,
23 an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress. 23 an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.
24 Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: 24 "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
25 the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 the badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the rocks; 26 coneys are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
27 the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank; 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
28 the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces. 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
29 Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride: 29 "There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any; 30 a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
31 the strutting cock, the he-goat, and a king striding before his people. 31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him.
32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. 32 "If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife. 33 For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."