Agur's confession of faith.
Proverbs 30:1 The wordes of Agur the sunne. of Iakeh. The prophecye of a true faithful man, whom God hath helped, whom God had comforted and norished. Proverbs 30:2 For though I am þe least of al, & haue no mans vnderstanding Proverbs 30:3 (for I neuer learned wysdom) yet haue I vnderstanding, & am wel infourmed in godly thinges. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath climed vp into heauen? Who hath come down from thence? Who hath holden the wynd fast in his hand? Who hath comprehended the waters in a garment? Who hath set al the endes of the worlde? What is his name, or his sonnes name? Canst thou tel? Proverbs 30:5 All the wordes of God are pure & cleane, for he is a shyeld vnto al them, þt put theyr trust in him. Proverbs 30:6 Put thou nothing therfore vnto hys wordes, lest he reproue the, and thou be founde a lyar.
The two points of his prayer.
Proverbs 30:7 Two thynges I requyre of the, that thou wilt not denye me before I dye, Proverbs 30:8 Remoue fro me vanite and lyes: geue me neither pouerte nor ryches, onely graunte me a necessary lyuyng. Proverbs 30:9 Lest if I be to full, I denye the, & say: what felow is the Lord? And lest I beynge constrayned thorow pouerte, fall vnto stealyng, and forsweare the name of my God.
The meanest are not to be wronged.
Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a seruaunt vnto hys master, lest he speake euell of the also, and thou be hurt.
Four wicked generations.
Proverbs 30:11 He that bringeth vp an euell reporte vpon þe generacion of hys father and mother, is not worthy to be commended. Proverbs 30:12 The generacion that thynke them selfes cleane, shall not be clensed from their filthynesse. Proverbs 30:13 There are people that haue a proude loke, and cast vp their eye lyddes. Proverbs 30:14 This peoples teth are swerdes, and with their chafte bones they consume and deuour the simple of the earth, and the poore from among men.
Four things insatiable.
Proverbs 30:15 This generacion (whiche is lyke an horslech) hath two daughters: the one is called, fetch hither, and the other bring hyther. Proverbs 30:16 There be thre thinges that are neuer satisfied, and the forth sayeth neuer hoo. The hell, a womans wombe, and the earthe hath neuer water ynough. As for fyre, it sayeth neuer, hoo.
Parents are not to be despised.
Proverbs 30:17 Who so laugheth hys father to scorne, and setteth his mothers commaundement at naughte: the rauens pycke out hys eyes in the valley, and deuoured be he of the yonge Aegles.
Four things hard to be known.
Proverbs 30:18 There be thre thinges to hye for me, and as for the forth, it passeth my knowledge. Proverbs 30:19 The way of an Aegle in the ayre, the way of a serpent ouer a stone, the waye of a shyp in the sea, and the waye of a man with a yonge woman. Proverbs 30:20 Such is the way also of a wife that breaketh wedlocke, which wipeth her mouth like as when she hath eaten, & sayeth. As for me, I haue done no harme.
Four things intolerable.
Proverbs 30:21 Thorow thre thinges the earth is disquieted, & the fourthe may it not beare: Proverbs 30:22 Thorow a seruaunt that beareth rule, thorow a foole that hath greate ryches, Proverbs 30:23 thorow an ydle houswyfe, & thorow an handmayden that is heyre to her mastres.
Four things exceeding wise.
Proverbs 30:24 There be foure thinges in the earth, þt which are very litle: but in wysedome they exceade the wyse. Proverbs 30:25 The Emmettes are but a weake people, yet gather they their meate together in the 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 thei forth together by heapes. Proverbs 30:28 The spyder laboureth with her handes, & that in the kynges palace.
Four things stately.
Proverbs 30:29 There be thre thinges that go stifly, but the going of the fourth is the godlyest of all. Proverbs 30:30 A Lyon, which is kinge of beastes, & geueth place to no man: Proverbs 30:31 A cock ready to fight: A ramme and a kyng that goeth forth with his people.
Wrath is to be prevented.
Proverbs 30:32 If thou be so folish to magnifie thy selfe, or medlest with any such thing, then laye thine hande vpon thy mouth. Proverbs 30:33 Who so cherneth mylke, maketh butter: he that rubbeth hys nose, maketh it blede: and he that causeth wrath, bringeth forth stryfe.