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30 The sayingsl of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.a
I do not have human understanding.
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.m
4 Who has gone upn to heaven and come down?
Whose handso have gathered up the wind?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name,r and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
5 “Every word of God is flawless;s
he is a shieldt to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not addu to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
do not refuse me before I die:
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.v
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disownw you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’x
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.y
or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
and do not bless their mothers;z
12 those who are pure in their own eyesa
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;b
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,c
whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teethd are swords
and whose jaws are set with knivese
and the needy from among mankind.h
‘Give! Give!’ they cry.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,i
four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave,j the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
17 “The eye that mocksk a father,
that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.l
four that I do not understand:
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.
She eats and wipes her mouth
and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’m
under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,n
a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
and a servant who displaces her mistress.
yet they are extremely wise:
yet they store up their food in the summer;o
26 hyraxesp are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
27 locustsq have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.
four that move with stately bearing:
who retreats before nothing;
and a king secure against revolt.b
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!r
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
31 The sayingss of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!t
3 Do not spend your strengtha on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.u
it is not for kings to drink wine,v
not for rulers to crave beer,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
winey for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drinkz and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speaka up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
defend the rights of the poor and needy.b
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husbande has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.f
all the days of her life.
and works with eager hands.g
bringing her food from afar.
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
her arms are strong for her tasks.
and her lamp does not go out at night.
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
and extends her hands to the needy.h
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
where he takes his seat among the eldersi of the land.
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
she can laugh at the days to come.
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.j
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
her husband also, and he praises her:
but you surpass them all.”
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
and let her works bring her praisek at the city gate.
With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text utterance to Ithiel, / to Ithiel and Ukal:
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
Verses 10–31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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