Proverbs 30 ©

Agur confesses his own and all men’s ignorance in Divine matters, outside the Word of God, v.1, etc. And declares that wisdom, creation and governing of all things pertain to God the Father and to His Son, 4. He extols the pureness and perfection of the Word of God, 5, 6. His prayer for two things, 7, 8, 9. Of a servant accusing his master, 10. Four evil generations, 11, etc. Four insatiable things, 15, 16. Contempt for parents, 17. Four things hard to be known, 18, 19. Four intolerable things, 21, 22, 23. Four small, but wise creatures, 24, etc. Four creatures stately in their going, 29, 30, 31. Resignation and prevention of wrath, 32, 33.


THE words of 1Agur the son of Jakeh, even the 2prophecy: the man spake unto 3Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,


4Surely I am more brutish 5than any man, and have not the 6understanding of a man.


I 7neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the 8holy.


9Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? 10whoa hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound 11the waters in a garment? who hath established all 12the ends of the earth? what is 13his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?


14Everyb word of God is pure: he is 15a shield unto them that put their trust in him.


16Addc thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.


Two things have I required of 17thee; deny me them not 18before I die:


19Remove far from me 20vanity and 21lies: give me neither 22poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenientd for 23me:


Lest I be 24full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the 25name of my God in vain.


26Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he 27curse thee, and thou be found 28guilty.


29There is a 30generation that curseth their father, and doth 31not bless their mother.


There is a generation that are pure 32in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their 33filthiness.


There is a generation, O 34how loftye are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.


There is af generation, 35whose 36teeth are as swords, and their 37jaw teeth as knives, 38to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.


39The 40horseleach hath two 41daughters, crying, 42Give, give. There are 43three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:


44The grave; and 45the barren womb; the 46earth that is not filled with water; and the 47fire that 48saith not, It is enough.


The 49eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the 50ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.


There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:


The 51way of an 52eagle in the air; the 53way of a serpent upon a rock; the 54way of a ship 55in the midst of the sea; and the 56way of a man with a maid.


57Such is the way of an adulterous woman; 58she eateth, and 59wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.


For 60three things 61the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:


For a servant when 62he reigneth; and 63a fool when 64he is filled with 65meat;


For an 66odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid 67that is heir to her mistress.


There be four things which are little upon the earth, but 68they are 69exceeding wise:


The ants are a people 70not strong, yet they prepareg their 71meat in the summer;


72The conieshare but a feeble folk, yet make they their 73houses in the 74rocks;


The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them 75by bands;


The 76spider taketh hold with her 77hands, and is 78in kings’ palaces.


79There be three things which go well, 80yea, four are comely in going:


A 81lion which is 82strongest among beasts, and turneth not away 83for any;


Ai84greyhound; an 85he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.


If thou hast done foolishly 86in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine 87handj upon thy mouth.


Surely the 88churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the 89wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the 90forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.