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The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message.*
I am weary, O God;
I am weary and worn out, O God.*
and I lack common sense.
nor do I know the Holy One.
Who holds the wind in his fists?
Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak?
Who has created the whole wide world?
What is his name—and his son’s name?
Tell me if you know!
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
let me have them before I die.
Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.
or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.
and do not thank their mother.
but they are filthy and unwashed.
casting disdainful glances.
and fangs like knives.
They devour the poor from the earth
and the needy from among humanity.
that cry out, “More, more!”*
There are three things that are never satisfied—
no, four that never say, “Enough!”:
16 the grave,*
the barren womb,
the thirsty desert,
the blazing fire.
and despises a mother’s instructions
will be plucked out by ravens of the valley
and eaten by vultures.
no, four things that I don’t understand:
how a snake slithers on a rock,
how a ship navigates the ocean,
how a man loves a woman.
then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
no, four it cannot endure:
an overbearing fool who prospers,
a servant girl who supplants her mistress.
but they store up food all summer.
26 Hyraxes* —they aren’t powerful,
but they make their homes among the rocks.
but they march in formation.
but they are found even in kings’ palaces.
no, four that strut about:
the male goat,
a king as he leads his army.
cover your mouth in shame.
and striking the nose causes bleeding,
so stirring up anger causes quarrels.
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