|1||The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. <DD>The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:||THE WORDS OF AGURE.||<p>||Mgn||Edit||<p>|
|2||Surely I am too stupid to be a man. |
I have not the understanding of a man.
|3||I have not learned wisdom, |
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
|4||Who has ascended to heaven and come down? |
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up 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?
Surely you know!
|5||Every word of God proves true; |
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
|6||Do not add to his words, |
lest he rebuke you,
and you be found a liar.
|7||Two things I ask of you; |
deny them not to me before I die:
|8||Remove far from me falsehood and lying; |
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
|9||lest I be full, and deny you, |
and say, "Who is Yahweh?"
or lest I be poor, and steal,
and profane the name of my God.
|10||Do not slander a servant to his master, |
lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
|11||There are those who curse their fathers |
and do not bless their mothers.
|12||There are those who are pure in their own eyes |
but are not cleansed of their filth.
|13||There are those - |
how lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!
|14||There are those whose teeth are swords, |
whose teeth are knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among men.
|15||The leech has two daughters; |
"Give, give," they cry.
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, "Enough":
|16||Sheol, the barren womb, |
the earth ever thirsty for water,
and the fire which never says, "Enough."
|17||The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother |
will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.
|18||Three things are too wonderful for me; |
four I do not understand:
|19||the way of an eagle 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 maiden.
|20||This is the way of an adulteress: |
she eats, and wipes her mouth,
and says, "I have done no wrong."
|21||Under three things the earth trembles; |
under four it cannot bear up:
|22||a slave when he becomes king, |
and a fool when he is filled with food;
|23||an unloved woman when she gets a husband, |
and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
|24||Four things on earth are small, |
but they are exceedingly wise:
|25||the ants are a people not strong, |
yet they provide their food in the summer;
|26||the badgers are a people not mighty, |
yet they make their homes in the rocks;
|27||the locusts have no king, |
yet all of them march in rank;
|28||the lizard you can take in your hands, |
yet it is in kings' palaces.
|29||Three things are stately in their tread; |
four are stately in their stride:
|30||the lion, which is mightiest among beasts |
and does not turn back before any;
|31||the strutting cock, the he-goat, |
and a king striding before his people.
|32||If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, |
or if you have been devising evil,
put your hand on your mouth.
|33||For pressing milk produces curds, |
pressing the nose produces blood,
and pressing anger produces strife.
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