Proverbs 30
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1The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh--an inspired utterance. This man's utterance to Ithiel: "I am weary, God, but I can prevail.1A discourse by the faithful collector. This is what this valiant man declared to the God with me, to the God with me, who then prevailed:
2Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.2Surely I am beyond the senselessness of any man; I do not perceive things the way human beings do.
3I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.3I never acquired wisdom, but I know what the Holy One knows.
4Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!4Who has ascended to heaven, and then descended? Who has collected the wind in his hands? Who has wrapped up waters in a garment? Who has established all the farthest points of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!
5"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.5Everything God says is pure; he is a shield for those who take refuge in him.
6Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.6Don't add to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you will be shown to be a liar.
7"Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:7God, I have asked you for two things— don't refuse me before I die—
8Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.8Keep deception and lies far away from me, and give me neither poverty nor wealth. Feed me with food that I need for today,
9Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.9so that I don't become overfed and deny you by saying, "Who is the LORD?" or so that I don't become poor and steal, and then misuse the name of my God.
10"Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.10Don't lie about a servant to his master, or that servant will curse you and you will pay for it.
11"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;11Some people curse their fathers and won't bless their mothers.
12those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;12Some people view themselves as pure, but haven't been cleansed from their own filth.
13those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;13Some people —what an arrogant look they have!— raise their eyebrows haughtily.
14those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.14Some people have swords for teeth and knives for fangs to devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among mankind.
15"The leech has two daughters. 'Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, 'Enough!':15The leech has two daughters: "Give" and "Give". Three things will never be satisfied; four will never say "Enough"—
16the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'16The afterlife, the barren womb, earth that still demands water, and fire—they never say, "Enough".
17"The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.17The eye that mocks a father and looks with a disobedient attitude at a mother— the valley ravens will pluck it out; and vultures will eat it.
18"There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:18Three things cause wonder for me; four are beyond my understanding:
19the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.19The way an eagle flies in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.
20"This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, 'I've done nothing wrong.'20This is what an immoral woman is like: she eats, wipes her mouth, then says "I've done nothing wrong."
21"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:21Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot remain steady:
22a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,22Under a slave when he becomes a king, a fool when he is overfed,
23a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.23an unloved woman when she finds a husband, and a servant girl who inherits from her mistress.
24"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:24Four things on earth are small, but they are very, very wise:
25Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;25Ants aren't a strong species, yet they prepare their food in the summer.
26hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;26The rock badgers aren't a strong species either, yet they build their dens in the rocks.
27locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;27Locusts have no king, but they all swarm in ranks.
28a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.28Spiders can be caught by the hand, yet they're found in kings' palaces.
29"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:29Three things are stately in procession, four which are stately in their gait:
30a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;30The lion, mighty among the beasts, retreats before nothing.
31a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.31The strutting rooster, as well as the goat, and a king with his army.
32"If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!32If you've foolishly exalted yourself or if you've plotted evil, put your hand over your mouth.
33For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."33Just as whipping milk produces butter, and twisting the nose causes bleeding, so also stirring up anger produces contention.
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