Proverbs 30:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 the grave,a1 the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!' 17 "The eye that mocks2 a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.3 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 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've done nothing wrong.'4 21 "Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: 22 a servant who becomes king,5 a fool who is full of food, 23 an unloved woman who is married, and a maidservant who displaces her mistress. 24 "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;6 26 coneysb7 are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
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