Young's Literal Translation

Proverbs 30

Agur's confession of faith.

Proverbs 30:1 Words of a Gatherer, son of an obedient one, the declaration, an affirmation of the man:—I have wearied myself [for] God, I have wearied myself [for] God, and am consumed. Proverbs 30:2 For I am more brutish than any one, And have not the understanding of a man. Proverbs 30:3 Nor have I learned wisdom, Yet the knowledge of Holy Ones I know. Proverbs 30:4 Who went up to heaven, and cometh down? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound waters in a garment? Who established all ends of the earth? What [is] His name? and what His son's name? Surely thou knowest! Proverbs 30:5 Every saying of God [is] tried, A shield He [is] to those trusting in Him. Proverbs 30:6 Add not to His words, lest He reason with thee, And thou hast been found false.

The two points of his prayer.

Proverbs 30:7 Two things I have asked from Thee, Withhold not from me before I die. Proverbs 30:8 Vanity and a lying word put far from me, Poverty or wealth give not to me, Cause me to eat the bread of my portion, Proverbs 30:9 Lest I become satiated, and have denied, And have said, 'Who [is] Jehovah?' And lest I be poor, and have stolen, And have laid hold of the name of my God.

The meanest are not to be wronged.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his lord, Lest he disesteem thee, and thou be found guilty.

Four wicked generations.

Proverbs 30:11 A generation [is], that lightly esteemeth their father, And their mother doth not bless. Proverbs 30:12 A generation—pure in their own eyes, But from their own filth not washed. Proverbs 30:13 A generation—how high are their eyes, Yea, their eyelids are lifted up. Proverbs 30:14 A generation—swords [are] their teeth, And knives—their jaw-teeth, To consume the poor from earth, And the needy from [among] men.

Four things insatiable.

Proverbs 30:15 To the leech [are] two daughters, 'Give, give, Lo, three things are not satisfied, Four have not said 'Sufficiency;' Proverbs 30:16 Sheol, and a restrained womb, Earth—it [is] not satisfied [with] water, And fire—it hath not said, 'Sufficiency,'

Parents are not to be despised.

Proverbs 30:17 An eye that mocketh at a father, And despiseth to obey a mother, Dig it out do ravens of the valley, And eat it do young eagles.

Four things hard to be known.

Proverbs 30:18 Three things have been too wonderful for me, Yea, four that I have not known: Proverbs 30:19 The way of the eagle in the heavens, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the heart of the sea, And the way of a man in youth. Proverbs 30:20 So—the way of an adulterous woman, She hath eaten and hath wiped her mouth, And hath said, 'I have not done iniquity.'

Four things intolerable.

Proverbs 30:21 For three things hath earth been troubled, And for four—it is not able to bear: Proverbs 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth, And a fool when he is satisfied with bread, Proverbs 30:23 For a hated one when she ruleth, And a maid-servant when she succeedeth her mistress.

Four things exceeding wise.

Proverbs 30:24 Four [are] little ones of earth, And they are made wiser than the wise: Proverbs 30:25 The ants [are] a people not strong, And they prepare in summer their food, Proverbs 30:26 Conies [are] a people not strong, And they place in a rock their house, Proverbs 30:27 A king there is not to the locust, And it goeth out—each one shouting, Proverbs 30:28 A spider with two hands taketh hold, And is in the palaces of a king.

Four things stately.

Proverbs 30:29 Three there are going well, Yea, four are good in going: Proverbs 30:30 An old lion—mighty among beasts, That turneth not back from the face of any, Proverbs 30:31 A girt one of the loins, or a he-goat, And a king—no rising up with him.

Wrath is to be prevented.

Proverbs 30:32 If thou hast been foolish in lifting up thyself, And if thou hast devised evil—hand to mouth! Proverbs 30:33 For the churning of milk bringeth out butter, And the wringing of the nose bringeth out blood, And the forcing of anger bringeth out strife!

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