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The Wisdom of Agur

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:

2 aSurely I am more stupid than any man,

And do not have the understanding of a man.

3 I neither learned wisdom

Nor have bknowledge of the Holy One.

4 cWho has ascended into heaven, or descended?

dWho has gathered the wind in His fists?

Who has bound the waters in a garment?

Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,

If you know?

5 eEvery word of God is 1pure;

fHe is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

6 gDo not add to His words,

Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

7 Two things I request of You

(Deprive me not before I die):

8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;

Give me neither poverty nor riches—

hFeed me with the food allotted to me;

9 iLest I be full and deny You,

And say, “Who is the Lord?”

Or lest I be poor and steal,

And profane the name of my God.

10 Do not malign a servant to his master,

Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

11 There is a generation that curses its jfather,

And does not bless its mother.

12 There is a generation kthat is pure in its own eyes,

Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

13 There is a generation—oh, how llofty are their eyes!

And their eyelids are 2lifted up.

14 mThere is a generation whose teeth are like swords,

And whose fangs are like knives,

nTo devour the poor from off the earth,

And the needy from among men.

15 The leech has two daughters—

Give and Give!

There are three things that are never satisfied,

Four never say, “Enough!”:

16 oThe 3grave,

The barren womb,

The earth that is not satisfied with water—

And the fire never says, “Enough!”

17 pThe eye that mocks his father,

And scorns obedience to his mother,

The ravens of the valley will pick it out,

And the young eagles will eat it.

18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me,

Yes, four which I do not understand:

19 The way of an eagle in the air,

The way of a serpent on a rock,

The way of a ship in the 4midst of the sea,

And the way of a man with a virgin.

20 This is the way of an adulterous woman:

She eats and wipes her mouth,

And says, “I have done no wickedness.”

21 For three things the earth is perturbed,

Yes, for four it cannot bear up:

22 qFor a servant when he reigns,

A fool when he is filled with food,

23 A 5hateful woman when she is married,

And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.

24 There are four things which are little on the earth,

But they are exceedingly wise:

25 rThe ants are a people not strong,

Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

26 sThe 6rock badgers are a feeble folk,

Yet they make their homes in the crags;

27 The locusts have no king,

Yet they all advance in ranks;

28 The 7spider skillfully grasps with its hands,

And it is in kings’ palaces.

29 There are three things which are majestic in pace,

Yes, four which are stately in walk:

30 A lion, which is mighty among beasts

And does not turn away from any;

31 A 8greyhound,

A male goat also,

And 9a king whose troops are with him.

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,

Or if you have devised evil, tput your hand on your mouth.

33 For as the churning of milk produces butter,

And wringing the nose produces blood,

So the forcing of wrath produces strife.


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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