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Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 The wordes of Agur the sonne of Iake. The prophecie of a true faithfull man, who God hath helped, whom God hath coforted & norished. Proverbs 30:2 For though I am ye leest of all, & haue no mas vnderstodige Proverbs 30:3 (for I neuerlerned wisdome) yet haue I vnderstodinge & am wel enfourmed in godly thinges. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath clymmed vp i to heauen? Who hath come downe from thence? Who hath holden ye wynde fast in his hade? Who hath coprehended ye waters in a garment? Who hath set all the endes of ye worlde? What is his name, or his sonnes name? Canst thou tell? Proverbs 30:5 All the wordes of God are pure & cleane, for he is a shylde vnto all them, that put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:6 Put thou nothinge therfore vnto his wordes, lest he reproue the, and thou be founde as a lyar.

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two thinges I requyre of the, that thou wilt not denye me before I dye. Proverbs 30:8 Remoue fro me vanite and lyes: geue me nether pouerte ner riches, only graunte me a necessary lyuynge. Proverbs 30:9 Lest yf I be to full, I denye ye, & saye: what felowe is ye LORDE? And lest I beinge constrayned thorow pouerte, fall vnto stealinge, and forsweare the name of my God.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a seruaunt vnto his master, lest he speake euell of the also, and thou be hurte.

Four wicked generations.

Proverbs 30:11 He that bryngeth vp an euell reporte vpo the generacion of his father and mother, is not worthy to be commended. Proverbs 30:12 The generacion that thynke them selues cleane, shal not be clensed from their fylthynesse. Proverbs 30:13 There are people yt haue a proude loke, and cast vp their eye lyddes. Proverbs 30:14 This peoples tethe are swerdes, and with their chaft bones they consume and deuoure the symple of the earth, and the poore from amonge me.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 This generacion (which is like an horsleche) hath two doughters: ye one is called, fetch hither: the other, brynge hither. Proverbs 30:16 There be thre thinges that are neuer satisfied, and the fourth saieth neuer hoo. The hell, a womans wombe, and the earth hath neuer water ynough. As for fyre, it sayeth neuer: hoo.

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 Who so laugheth his father to scorne, and setteth his mothers commaudement at naught: the rauens pycke out his eyes in the valley, and deuoured be he of the yongle Aegles.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 There be thre thinges to hye for me, and as for the fourth, it passeth my knowlege. Proverbs 30:19 The waye of an Aegle in ye ayre, ye waye of a serpent ouer ye stone, ye waye of a shippe in ye see, & ye waye of a ma wt a yonge woma. Proverbs 30:20 Soch is the waye also of a wyfe yt breaketh wedlocke, which wypeth hir mouth like as wha she hath eate, & sayeth: As for me, I haue done no harme.

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 Thorow thre thinges the earth is disquieted, & the fourth maye it not beare: Proverbs 30:22 Thorow a seruaut yt beareth rule, thorow a foole yt hath greate riches, Proverbs 30:23 thorow an ydle houswife, & thorow an handmayden yt is heyre to hir mastres.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 There be foure thinges in the earth, the which are very litle: but in wysdome they exceade the wyse. Proverbs 30:25 The Emmettes are but a weake people, yet gather they their meate together in ye haruest. Proverbs 30:26 The conyes are but a feble folke, yet make they their couches amonge the rockes. Proverbs 30:27 The greshoppers haue not a gyde, yet go they forth together by heapes. Proverbs 30:28 The spyder laboureth wt hir hades, & yt in ye kynges palace.

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 There be thre thinges yt go stiffly, but the goinge of the fourth is the goodliest of all. Proverbs 30:30 A Lyon which is kynge of beastes, & geueth place to no man: Proverbs 30:31 A cock ready to fight: A rame: And a kynge yt goeth forth wt his people.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 Yf thou be so foolish to magnifie yi self, or medlest wt eny soch thinge, the laye thine hade vpon yi mouth. Proverbs 30:33 Who so chyrneth mylck, maketh butter: he that rubbeth his nose, maketh it blede, and he that causeth wrath, bryngeth forth strife.

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