English Revised Version

Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh; the oracle. The man saith unto Ithiel, unto Ithiel and Ucal: Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man: Proverbs 30:3 And I have not learned wisdom, neither have I the knowledge of the Holy One. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in his garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest? Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is tried: he is a shield unto them that trust in him. Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two things have I asked of thee; deny me [them] not before I die: Proverbs 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me: Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and use profanely the name of my God.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Slander not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be held guilty.

Four wicked generations.

Proverbs 30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes; and [yet] are not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:13 There is a generation, Oh how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. Proverbs 30:14 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.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, [Crying], Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, [yea], four that say not, Enough: Proverbs 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that saith not, Enough.

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 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.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 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 with a maid. Proverbs 30:20 So is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 For three things the earth doth tremble, and for four, [which] it cannot bear: Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he is king; and a fool when he is filled with meat; Proverbs 30:23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: Proverbs 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their meat in the summer; Proverbs 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; Proverbs 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; Proverbs 30:28 The lizard taketh hold with her hands, yet is she in kings' palaces,

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 There be three things which are stately in their march, yea, four which are stately in going: Proverbs 30:30 The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; Proverbs 30:31 The greyhound; the he-goat also; and the king, against whom there is no rising up.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth. Proverbs 30:33 For the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

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