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Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 The words of Gatherer the son of Vomiter. The vision which the man spoke, with whom God is, and who being strengthened by God, abiding with him, said: Proverbs 30:2 I am the most foolish of men, and the wisdom of men is not with me. Proverbs 30:3 I have not learned wisdom, and have not known the science of saints. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? who hath held the wind in his hands? who hath bound up the waters together as in a garment? who hath raised up all the borders of the earth? what is his name, and what is the name of his son, if thou knowest? Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is fire tried: he is a buckler to them that hope in him. Proverbs 30:6 Add not any thing to his words, lest thou be reproved and found a liar:

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two things I have asked of thee, deny them not to me before I die. Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity, and lying words. Give me neither beggary, nor riches: give me only the necessaries of life: Proverbs 30:9 Lest perhaps being filled, I should be tempted to deny, and say: Who is the Lord? or being compelled by poverty, I should steal, and forswear the name of my God.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse thee, and thou fall.

Four wicked generations.

Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:12 A generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:13 A generation, whose eyes are lofty, and their eyelids lifted up on high. Proverbs 30:14 A generation that for teeth hath swords, and grindeth with their jaw teeth, to devour the needy from off the earth, and the poor from among men.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 The horseleech hath two daughters that say: Bring, bring. There are three things that never are satisfied, and the fourth never saith: It is enough. Proverbs 30:16 Hell and the mouth of the womb, and the earth which is not satisfied with water: and the fire never saith: It is enough.

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and that despiseth the labour of his mother in bearing him, let the ravens of the brooks pick it out, and the young eagles eat it.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 Three things are hard to me, and the fourth I am utterly ignorant of. Proverbs 30:19 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 in youth. Proverbs 30:20 Such also is the way of an adulterous woman, who eateth and wipeth her mouth, and saith: I have done no evil.

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 By three things the earth is disturbed, and the fourth it cannot bear. Proverbs 30:22 By a slave when he reigneth: by a fool when be is filled with meat: Proverbs 30:23 By an odious woman when she is married: and by a bondwoman when she is heir to her mistress.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 There are four very little things of the earth, and they are wiser than the wise. Proverbs 30:25 The ants, a feeble people, which provide themselves food in the harvest: Proverbs 30:26 The rabbit, a weak people, which maketh its bed in the rock: Proverbs 30:27 The locust hath no king, yet they all go out by their bands: Proverbs 30:28 The stellio supporteth itself on hands, and dwelleth in kings' houses.

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 There are three things, which go well, and the fourth that walketh happily: Proverbs 30:30 A lion, the strongest of beasts, who hath no fear of any thing he meeteth: Proverbs 30:31 A cock girded about the loins: and a ram: and a king, whom none can resist.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 There is that hath appeared a fool after he was lifted up on high: for if he had understood, he would have laid his hand upon his mouth. Proverbs 30:33 And he that strongly squeezeth the paps to bring out milk, straineth out butter: and he that violently bloweth his nose, bringeth out blood: and he that provoketh wrath, bringeth forth strife.

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