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Proverbs 30

MSG 1 The skeptic swore, "There is no God! No God! - I can do anything I want! NIV 1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail. MSG 2 I'm more animal than human; so-called human intelligence escapes me. NIV 2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. MSG 3 "I flunked 'wisdom.' I see no evidence of a holy God. NIV 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One. MSG 4 Has anyone ever seen Anyone climb into Heaven and take charge? grab the winds and control them? gather the rains in his bucket? stake out the ends of the earth? Just tell me his name, tell me the names of his sons. Come on now - tell me!" NIV 4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! MSG 5 The believer replied, "Every promise of God proves true; he protects everyone who runs to him for help. NIV 5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. MSG 6 So don't second-guess him; he might take you to task and show up your lies." NIV 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. MSG 7 And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things before I die; don't refuse me - NIV 7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die: MSG 8 Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. NIV 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. MSG 9 If I'm too full, I might get independent, saying, 'God? Who needs him?' If I'm poor, I might steal and dishonor the name of my God." NIV 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. MSG 10 Don't blow the whistle on your fellow workers behind their backs; They'll accuse you of being underhanded, and then you'll be the guilty one! NIV 10 “Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it. MSG 11 Don't curse your father or fail to bless your mother. NIV 11 “There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; MSG 12 Don't imagine yourself to be quite presentable when you haven't had a bath in weeks. NIV 12 those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; MSG 13 Don't be stuck-up and think you're better than everyone else. NIV 13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; MSG 14 Don't be greedy, merciless and cruel as wolves, Tearing into the poor and feasting on them, shredding the needy to pieces only to discard them. NIV 14 those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind. MSG 15 A leech has twin daughters named "Gimme" and "Gimme more." Four Insatiables Three things are never satisfied, no, there are four that never say, "That's enough, thank you!" - NIV 15 “The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: MSG 16 hell, a barren womb, a parched land, a forest fire. NIV 16 the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’ MSG 17 An eye that disdains a father and despises a mother - that eye will be plucked out by wild vultures and consumed by young eagles. Four Mysteries NIV 17 “The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. MSG 18 Three things amaze me, no, four things I'll never understand - NIV 18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: MSG 19 how an eagle flies so high in the sky, how a snake glides over a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, why adolescents act the way they do. NIV 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 young woman. MSG 20 Here's how a prostitute operates: she has sex with her client, Takes a bath, then asks, "Who's next?" Four Intolerables NIV 20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’ MSG 21 Three things are too much for even the earth to bear, yes, four things shake its foundations - NIV 21 “Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: MSG 22 when the janitor becomes the boss, when a fool gets rich, NIV 22 a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, MSG 23 when a whore is voted "woman of the year," when a "girlfriend" replaces a faithful wife. Four Small Wonders NIV 23 a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress. MSG 24 There are four small creatures, wisest of the wise they are - NIV 24 “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: MSG 25 ants - frail as they are, get plenty of food in for the winter; NIV 25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer; MSG 26 marmots - vulnerable as they are, manage to arrange for rock-solid homes; NIV 26 hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags; MSG 27 locusts - leaderless insects, yet they strip the field like an army regiment; NIV 27 locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks; MSG 28 lizards - easy enough to catch, but they sneak past vigilant palace guards. Four Dignitaries NIV 28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces. MSG 29 There are three solemn dignitaries, four that are impressive in their bearing - NIV 29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing: MSG 30 a lion, king of the beasts, deferring to none; NIV 30 a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing; MSG 31 a rooster, proud and strutting; a billy goat; a head of state in stately procession. NIV 31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt. MSG 32 If you're dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people and making rude gestures, NIV 32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth! MSG 33 Don't be surprised if someone bloodies your nose. Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights. NIV 33 For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.”

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