The Sayings of Agur
1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle.
The man declares to Ithiel,
to Ithiel and Ukal:
2#Ps 73:22 Surely I am more brutish than any man,
and have not the understanding of a man.
3#Pr 9:10 I neither learned wisdom,
nor have the knowledge of the holy.
4#Jn 3:13; Job 26:8; Ps 2:7 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended?
Who 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 the name of His son,
if you know?
5#Ps 12:6; 18:30 Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6#Dt 4:2; 12:32 Do not add to His words,
lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.
7Two things I have required of you;
do not deny me them before I die:
8#Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3 Remove vanity and lies far from me—
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with food convenient for me;
9#Ex 20:7; Dt 31:20 lest I be full, and deny You,
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor, and steal,
and take the name of my God in vain.
10Do not accuse a servant to his master,
lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
11#Pr 20:20; 30:17 There is a generation that curses their father,
and does not bless its mother.
12#Lk 18:11; Pr 16:2 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
and yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13#Pr 6:17; Ps 101:5 There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
14#Job 29:17; Ps 14:4 There is a generation whose teeth are as swords,
and their jaw teeth as knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
and the needy from among men.
15#Pr 6:16; 30:21 The leech has two daughters,
crying, “Give, give.”
There are three things that are never satisfied,
indeed, four things never say, “It is enough”:
16#Pr 27:20; Hab 2:5 the grave, the barren womb,
the earth that is not filled with water,
and the fire that never says, “It is enough.”
17#Pr 23:22; Dt 21:18–21 The eye that mocks at his father,
and despises to obey his mother,
the ravens of the valley will pick it out,
and the young eagles will eat it.
18#Job 42:3 There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
indeed, four which I do not know:
19the way of an eagle in the air,
the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
and the way of a man with a maid.
20Such is the way of an adulterous woman;
she eats and wipes her mouth,
and says, “I have done no wickedness.”
21For three things the earth is disquieted,
and for four which it cannot bear:
22#Pr 19:10; Ecc 10:7 for a servant when he reigns,
and a fool when he is filled with food,
23for a hateful woman when she is married,
and a handmaid who is heir to her mistress.
24There are four things which are little upon the earth,
but they are exceeding wise:
25#Pr 6:6–8 The ants are a people not strong,
yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26#Ps 104:18; Lev 11:5 the badgers are but a feeble folk,
yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27#Joel 2:25 the locusts have no king,
yet they go forth all of them by bands;
28the spider takes hold with her hands,
and is in kings’ palaces.
29There are three things which go well,
indeed, four are comely in going:
30#Jdg 14:18 a lion which is strongest among beasts,
and does not turn away for any;
31a strutting rooster, a male goat also,
and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
32#Job 21:5; 40:4 If you have been foolish in lifting up yourself,
or if you have thought evil,
put your hand on your mouth.
33#Pr 29:22 Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter,
and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood,
so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife.