Proverbs 30:7-9

7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
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.

Proverbs 30:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
ESV
7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:
NLT
7 O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
MSG
7 And then he prayed, "God, I'm asking for two things before I die; don't refuse me -
CSB
7 Two things I ask of You; don't deny them to me before I die:

Proverbs 30:7-9 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 30:7-9 In-Context

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, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
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 their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 “There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

Cross References 4

  • 1. Matthew 6:11
  • 2. Joshua 24:27; Isaiah 1:4; Isaiah 59:13
  • 3. Deuteronomy 6:12; Deuteronomy 8:10-14; Hosea 13:6
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 8:12
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