Proverbs 30:8-9

8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is 1needful for me,
9 lest I be 2full and 3deny you and say, 4"Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor and steal 5and profane the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter begins with a prophecy of Elijah, that there should be want of rain for some years to come, and he is directed to go first to the brook Cherith, where he should be fed by ravens, 1Ki 17:1-7, and afterwards he is sent to a widow at Zarephath, where he, she, and her son, were supported for a considerable time with a handful of meal, and a little oil in a cruse miraculously increased, 1Ki 17:8-16, whose son falling sick and dying, he restored to life, 1Ki 17:17-24.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Job 23:12; Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3
  • 2. Deuteronomy 8:12; Deuteronomy 31:20; Deuteronomy 32:15; Nehemiah 9:25; [ver. 22]
  • 3. Joshua 24:27
  • 4. Exodus 5:2
  • 5. [Job 21:14, 15]; See Exodus 20:7
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