Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 And the prophecie that the same man spake vnto Ithiel, euen vnto Ithiel and Uchal. Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more foolishe then any man, and haue no mans vnderstandyng. Proverbs 30:3 I neuer learned wisdome, nor had knowledge of holy thynges. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath clymed vp into heauen, and come downe from thence? who hath holden the wynde fast in his hande? who hath gathered together the waters in a garment? who hath established all the endes of the worlde: what is his name, and what is his sonnes name, yf thou canst tell? Proverbs 30:5 Euery worde of God is pure: he is a shielde vnto all them that put their trust in hym. Proverbs 30:6 Put thou nothyng vnto his wordes, lest he reproue thee, and thou be founde a lyar.

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two thinges haue I required of thee, denie me them not before I dye: Proverbs 30:8 Remoue farre fro me vanitie and lyes, geue me neither pouertie nor riches, only graunt me a necessary lyuyng: Proverbs 30:9 Lest peraduenture I beyng full, shoulde denie thee, and say, who is the Lorde? or beyng oppressed with pouertie fall to stealyng, and forswere the name of my God.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a seruaunt vnto his maister, lest he speake euyll of thee, and thou be hurt.

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 thynke them selues cleane, and yet is not cleansed from their filthinesse. Proverbs 30:13 There is a generation that hath a proude loke, and doth cast vp their eye lyddes. Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation whose teeth are as swordes, and their chawes as knyues, to deuour the poore from of the earth, & the needy from among men.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 The horse leache hath two daughters crying: bryng hyther, bryng hyther. There be three thynges that are neuer satisfied, yea foure thynges sayth neuer hoe: Proverbs 30:16 The graue, the barren wombe, and the earth that hath neuer water enough: as for fire it sayth neuer hoe.

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 Who so laugheth his father to scorne, and setteth his mothers commaundement at naught, the rauens of the valley picke out his eyes, and deuoured be he of the young Egles.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 There be three thynges whiche are wonderfull to me, yea foure whiche passe my vnderstandyng: Proverbs 30:19 The way of an Egle in the ayre, the way of a serpent vpon a stone, the way of a ship in the middest of the sea, and the way of a man with a young woman: Proverbs 30:20 Such is the way also of a wyfe that breaketh wedlocke, which wypeth her mouth [lyke as] when she hath eaten, and sayth, as for me I haue done no wickednesse.

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 For three thynges the earth is disquieted, and the fourth may it not abyde. Proverbs 30:22 A seruaunt that beareth rule, a foole that is full fedde, Proverbs 30:23 A spiteful woman when she is maried, and an handmayde that is heire to her maistresse.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 These be foure thynges in the earth the which are very litle, but in wisdome they exceede the wyse: Proverbs 30:25 The emmets are [but] a weake people, which yet gather their meate in the sommer: Proverbs 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folke, yet make their boroughes among the rockes: Proverbs 30:27 The grashoppers haue not a guide, yet go they foorth together by heapes: Proverbs 30:28 The spyder laboureth with her handes, and is in kynges palaces.

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 There be three thynges that go well, yea foure are comely in goyng. Proverbs 30:30 A lion whiche is strongest among beastes, and shunneth not at the syght of any: Proverbs 30:31 A grayhounde strong in the hynder partes, a ramme also, and a king against whom no man aryseth vp.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly when thou wast in hye estate, or yf thou hast taken euyll counsayle, then lay thine hande vpon thy mouth. Proverbs 30:33 Who so chirneth mylke bringeth foorth butter, and he that rubbeth his nose, maketh it bleede: Euen so he that forceth wrath, bringeth foorth strife.

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