Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30

1Agur's confession of his own simplicity. 5The purity of God's word, and danger of adding thereto. 7The two points of Agur's prayer. 10A servant not to be wrongfully accused. 11Four wicked generations. 15Four things insatiable. 17Parents not to be despised. 18Four things hard to be known. 24Four things little, but wise. 29Four things stately. 32Silence in case of error the way to prevent wrath.

1 The 1words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the 2prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

2 1Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.

3 I 1neither learned wisdom, nor ahave the knowledge of the holy.

4 1Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? 2who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? 3what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

5 1Every word of God is apure: 2he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

6 1Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

7 Two things have I required of thee; adeny me them not before I die:

8 1Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; 2feed me with food aconvenient for me:

9 1Lest I be full, and adeny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? 2or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

10 aAccuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

11 there is a generation that 1curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

12 there is a generation that are 1pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

13 there is a generation, O how 1lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

14 there is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to 1devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, aIt is enough:

16 The 1grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

17 The 1eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of athe valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

19 The 1way of an eagle in the air; the 2way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the amidst of the sea; and the 3way of a man with a maid.

20 1Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:

22 For 1a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;

23 For 1an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid 2that is heir to her mistress.

24 There be four things which are 1little upon the earth, but they are aexceeding wise:

25 The 1ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

26 The 1conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

27 The 1locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them aby bands;

28 The 1spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

31 aA greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, 1against whom there is no rising up.

32 If 1thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, 2lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: 1so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Proverbs 30