1611 King James Bible

Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 The words of Agur the sonne of Iakeh, euen the prophecy: The man spake vnto Ithiel, euen vnto Ithiel and Ucal. Proverbs 30:2 Surely I [am] more brutish then [any] man, and [haue] not the vnderstanding of a man. Proverbs 30:3 I neither learned wisedome, nor haue the knowledge of the holy. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended vp into heauen, 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 sonnes name, if thou canst tell? Proverbs 30:5 Euery word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield vnto them that put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:6 Adde thou not vnto his words, lest he reproue thee, and thou be found a lyar.

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two things haue I required of thee, deny me [them] not before I die. Proverbs 30:8 Remoue farre from mee vanity, and lyes; giue me neither pouerty, nor riches, feede me with food conuenient for me. Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poore, and steale, and take the name of my God [in vaine].

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a seruant vnto his master; lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

Four wicked generations.

Proverbs 30:11 [There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and doth not blesse their mother. Proverbs 30:12 [There is] a generation [that] are pure in their owne eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthinesse. Proverbs 30:13 [There is] a generation, O howe lofty are their eyes! and their eye-lids are lifted vp. Proverbs 30:14 [There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and their iaw-teeth [as] kniues, to deuoure the poore from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 The horse-leach [hath] two daughters, [crying], Giue, giue. There are three things [that] are neuer satisfied, [yea] foure things say not, [It is] enough: Proverbs 30:16 The graue; and the barren wombe; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is] enough.

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to obey [his] mother; the rauens of the valley shall picke it out, and the young Eagles shall eate it.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 There be three things [which] are too wonderfull for me; yea foure, which I know not: Proverbs 30:19 The way of an Eagle in the ayre; the way of a serpent vpon a rocke; the the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. Proverbs 30:20 Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman: she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I haue done no wickednesse.

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for foure [which] it cannot beare: Proverbs 30:22 For a seruant when he reigneth, and a foole when hee is filled with meate: Proverbs 30:23 For an odious [woman] when shee is married, and an handmayd that is heire to her mistresse.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 There be foure things which are little vpon the earth; but they [are] exceeding wise: Proverbs 30:25 The Ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meate in the summer. Proverbs 30:26 The conies [are] but a feeble folke, yet make they their houses in the rocks Proverbs 30:27 The locustes [haue] no king, yet goe they forth all of them by bands. Proverbs 30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 There be three things which goe well, yea foure are comely in going: Proverbs 30:30 A lyon [which is] strongest among beastes, and turneth not away for any: Proverbs 30:31 A gray-hound; an hee-goate also; and a king, against whom there is no rising vp.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting vp thy selfe, or if thou hast thought euill, [lay] thine hand vpon thy mouth. Proverbs 30:33 Surely the churning of milke bringeth forth butter; and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

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