NASB — Proverbs 30 — KJV

The Words of Agur

1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the Ioracle.

¶ The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
  2 Surely I am more astupid than any man,
  And I do not have the understanding of a man.
  3 Neither have I learned wisdom,
  Nor do I have the aknowledge of the Holy One.
  4 Who has aascended into heaven and descended?
  Who has gathered the bwind in His fists?
  Who has cwrapped the waters in IHis garment?
  Who has destablished all the ends of the earth?
  What is His ename or His son’s name?
  Surely you know!

[1] IOr burden
[2] aPs 49:10; 73:22; Pv 12:1
[3] aPv 9:10
[4] ILit the aPs 68:18; Jn 3:13; Ep 4:8 bEx 15:10; Ps 135:7 cJb 26:8; 38:8, 9 dPs 24:2; Is 45:18 eRv 19:12

  5 ¶ Every aword of God is tested;
  He is a bshield to those who take refuge in Him.
  6 aDo not add to His words
  Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

[5] aPs 12:6; 18:30 bPs 3:3; 84:11; Pv 2:7
[6] aDt 4:2; 12:32; Rv 22:18

  7 ¶ Two things I asked of You,
  Do not refuse me before I die:
  8 Keep deception and Ilies far from me,
  Give me neither poverty nor riches;
  Feed me with the afood that is my portion,
  9 That I not be afull and deny b[You] and say, “Who is the LORD?”
  Or that I not be cin want and steal,
  And dprofane the name of my God.

[8] ILit words of falsehood aJb 23:12; Mt 6:11
[9] aDt 8:12; 31:20; Ne 9:25; Ho 13:6 bJsh 24:27; Jb 31:28 cPv 6:30 dEx 20:7

  10 ¶ Do not slander a slave to his master,
  Or he will acurse you and you will be found guilty.

[10] aEc 7:21

  11 ¶ There is a Ikind of [man] who acurses his father
  And does not bless his mother.
  12 There is a Ikind who is apure in his own eyes,
  Yet is not washed from his filthiness.
  13 There is a Ikind—oh how alofty are his eyes!
  And his eyelids are raised [in arrogance].
  14 There is a Ikind of [man] whose ateeth are [like] swords
  And his bjaw teeth [like] knives,
  To cdevour the afflicted from the earth
  And the needy from among men.

[11] IOr generation aEx 21:17; Pv 20:20
[12] IOr generation aPv 16:2; Is 65:5; Lk 18:11; Tit 1:15, 16
[13] IOr generation aPv 6:17; Is 2:11; 5:15
[14] IOr generation aPs 57:4 bJb 29:17 cPs 14:4; Am 8:4

  15 ¶ The leech has two daughters,
  “Give,” “Give.”
  There are three things that will not be satisfied,
  Four that will not say, “Enough”:
  16 IaSheol, and the bbarren womb,
  Earth that is never satisfied with water,
  And fire that never says, “Enough.”
  17 The eye that amocks a father
  And Ibscorns a mother,
  The cravens of the valley will pick it out,
  And the young ceagles will eat it.

[16] II.e. The nether world aPv 27:20 bGn 30:1
[17] ILit despises to obey aGn 9:22 bPv 15:20 cDt 28:26

  18 ¶ There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
  Four which I do not understand:
  19 The way of an aeagle in the sky,
  The way of a serpent on a rock,
  The way of a ship in the middle of the sea,
  And the way of a man with a maid.
  20 This is the way of an aadulterous woman:
  She eats and wipes her mouth,
  And says, “I have done no wrong.”

[19] aDt 28:49; Jr 48:40; 49:22
[20] aPv 5:6

  21 ¶ Under three things the earth quakes,
  And under four, it cannot bear up:
  22 Under a aslave when he becomes king,
  And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
  23 Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
  And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.

[22] aPv 19:10; Ec 10:7

  24 ¶ Four things are small on the earth,
  But they are exceedingly wise:
  25 The aants are not a strong people,
  But they prepare their food in the summer;
  26 The Iashephanim are not mighty people,
  Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
  27 The locusts have no king,
  Yet all of them go out in aranks;
  28 The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
  Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

[25] aPv 6:6
[26] ISmall, shy, furry animals (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB badgers aLv 11:5; Ps 104:18
[27] aJol 2:7

  29 ¶ There are three things which are stately in [their] march,
  Even four which are stately when they walk:
  30 The lion [which] is amighty among beasts
  And does not Ibretreat before any,
  31 The Istrutting rooster, the male goat also,
  And a king [when his] army is with him.

[30] ILit turn back aJg 14:18; 2S 1:23 bMi 5:8
[31] ILit girt in the loins

  32 ¶ If you have been foolish in exalting yourself
  Or if you have plotted [evil], a[put your] hand on your mouth.
  33 For the Ichurning of milk produces butter,
  And pressing the nose brings forth blood;
  So the Ichurning of aanger produces strife.

[32] aJb 21:5; 40:4; Mi 7:16
[33] ILit pressing aPv 10:12; 29:22


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Agur's confession of faith.

1 ¶ The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man. 3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what [is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst tell? 5 Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

[1] Pv 31:1; 2P 1:19.
[2] Jb 42:3; Ps 73:22; 92:6; Pv 5:12; Is 6:5; Jr 10:14; Ro 11:25; 1Co 3:18; 8:2; Jm 1:5; 2P 2:12.
[3] Jb 11:7; Is 6:3, 10; 30:11; 57:15; Am 7:14; Mt 11:27; 16:17; Jn 17:3; Ro 11:33; Ep 3:18; Rv 3:7; 4:8.
[4] Gn 32:29; Ex 3:13; 6:3; 34:5; Dt 28:58; 30:12; Jg 13:18; Jb 38:4; Ps 2:7; 104:2; Is 7:14; 9:6; 40:12; 53:8; Jr 23:6; Mt 1:21; 11:27; Lk 10:22; Jn 3:13; Ro 10:6; Ep 4:9.
[5] Gn 15:1; Ps 12:6; 18:30; 19:8; 84:11; 91:2; 115:9; 119:140; 144:2; Ro 7:12; Jm 3:17.
[6] Dt 4:2; 12:32; Jb 13:7; 1Co 15:15; Rv 22:18.

The two points of his prayer.

7 Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].

[7] 1K 3:5; 2K 2:9; Ps 21:2; 27:4; Lk 10:42.
[8] Gn 28:20; 48:15; Ex 16:15, 18, 21, 29, 35; 2K 25:30; Ps 62:9; 119:29, 37; Pv 21:6; 22:8; 23:5; Ec 1:2; Is 5:18; 59:4; Jr 37:21; 52:34; Mt 6:11, 33; Lk 11:3; Jn 2:8; Ac 14:15; 1Ti 6:6.
[9] Ex 5:2; 20:7; Lv 5:1; Dt 6:10; 8:10; 31:20; 32:15; 2Ch 32:15; Ne 9:25; Jb 31:24; Ps 125:3; Pv 6:30; 29:24; Jr 2:31; Ezk 16:14, 49; Dn 4:17, 30; Ho 13:6; Mt 26:72, 74; Ac 12:22.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

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

[10] Dt 15:9; 23:15; 1S 22:9; 24:9; 26:19; 30:15; 2S 16:1; 19:26; 2Ch 24:22; Pv 11:26; 24:23, 24; 28:27; Dn 3:8; 6:13, 24; Ro 14:4.

Four wicked generations.

11 [There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness. 13 [There is] a generation, O how lofty 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 devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.

[11] Lv 20:9; Dt 21:20; 27:16; Pv 20:20; 30:12, 17; Mt 3:7; 15:4; Mk 7:10; 1Ti 5:4, 8; 1P 2:9.
[12] Jg 17:5, 13; 1S 15:13; Jb 33:9; Ps 36:2; 51:2, 7; Pv 21:2; Is 1:16; 65:5; Jr 2:22, 35; 4:14; Ezk 36:25; Zc 13:1; Lk 11:39; 16:15; 18:11; 1Co 6:11; 2Ti 3:5; Tit 1:15; 3:5; 1Jn 1:7, 8; Rv 1:5.
[13] Ps 101:5; 131:1; Pv 6:17; 21:4; Is 2:11; 3:16; Ezk 28:2, 9; Dn 11:36; Hab 2:4; 2Th 2:3.
[14] Jb 29:17; Ps 3:7; 10:8; 12:5; 14:4; 52:2; 57:4; 58:6; Pv 12:18; 22:16; 28:3; Ec 4:1; Is 32:7; Dn 7:5; Am 2:7; 4:1; 8:4; Mi 2:1; 3:1; Hab 3:14; Zp 3:3; Mt 23:14; Jm 5:1; Rv 9:8.

Four things insatiable.

15 The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give. There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four [things] say not, [It is] enough: 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is] enough.

[15] Pv 6:16; 30:21, 24, 29; Is 56:11; 57:3; Ezk 16:44; Ho 4:18; Am 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1, 4; Mi 7:3; Mt 23:32; Jn 8:39, 44; Ro 16:18; 2P 2:3, 13; Jde 1:11.
[16] Pv 27:20; Hab 2:5.

Parents are not to be despised.

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

[17] Gn 9:21; Lv 20:9; Dt 21:18; 1S 17:44; 2S 18:9, 14; 21:10; Pv 20:20; 23:22; 30:11.

Four things hard to be known.

18 There be three [things which] are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 20 Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

[18] Jb 42:3; Ps 139:6.
[19] Ex 22:16; Jb 39:27; Is 40:31.
[20] Nu 5:11; Pv 7:13.

Four things intolerable.

21 For three [things] the earth is disquieted, and for four [which] it cannot bear: 22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 23 For an odious [woman] when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

[22] 1S 25:3, 10, 25, 36; 30:16; Pv 19:10; 28:3; Ec 10:7; Is 3:4.
[23] Pv 19:13; 21:9, 19; 27:15; 29:21.

Four things exceeding wise.

24 There be four [things which are] little upon the earth, but they [are] exceeding wise: 25 The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; 26 The conies [are but] a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

[24] Jb 12:7.
[25] Pv 6:6.
[26] Lv 11:5; Ps 104:18.
[27] Ex 10:4, 13; Ps 105:34; Jol 1:4, 6; 2:7, 25; Rv 9:3.

Four things stately.

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 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom [there is] no rising up.

[30] Nu 23:24; Jg 14:18.
[31] Pv 16:14; 20:2; Dn 3:15.

Wrath is to be prevented.

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth. 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

[32] Jb 21:5; 40:4; Pv 17:28; 26:12; Ec 8:3, 4; Mi 7:16; Ro 3:19.
[33] Pv 15:18; 16:28; 17:14; 26:21; 28:25; 29:22.


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