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

INTRODUCTION TO 1 KINGS 17

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.

Proverbs 30:8-9 In-Context

6 Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to 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,
9 lest I be full and deny you and say, "Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.
10 Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
11 There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.

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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