Proverbs 30:18
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New International Version
"There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:

New Living Translation
There are three things that amaze me--no, four things that I don't understand:

English Standard Version
Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand:

New American Standard Bible
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand:

King James Bible
There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Three things are beyond me; four I can't understand:

International Standard Version
Three things cause wonder for me; four are beyond my understanding:

NET Bible
There are three things that are too wonderful for me, four that I do not understand:

New Heart English Bible
"There are three things which are too amazing for me, four which I do not understand:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Three things are hidden from me, and a fourth I have not known exists:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Three things are too amazing to me, even four that I cannot understand:

JPS Tanakh 1917
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yea, four which I know not:

New American Standard 1977
There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
            Four which I do not understand:

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are three things which are hidden from me, yea, four which I know not:

King James 2000 Bible
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

American King James Version
There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not:

American Standard Version
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yea, four which I know not:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Three things are hard to me, and the fourth I am utterly ignorant of.

Darby Bible Translation
There are three [things] too wonderful for me, and four that I know not:

English Revised Version
There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

Webster's Bible Translation
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not:

World English Bible
"There are three things which are too amazing for me, four which I don't understand:

Young's Literal Translation
Three things have been too wonderful for me, Yea, four that I have not known:
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
17The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it. 18There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand: 19The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.…
Cross References
Proverbs 30:17
The eye that mocks a father And scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

Proverbs 30:19
The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the middle of the sea, And the way of a man with a maid.
Treasury of Scripture

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not:

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Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

(18) Too wonderful for me.--The wonder in Agur's eyes seems to be that none of the four leave any trace behind them. (Comp. Wisdom Of Solomon 5:10 sqq.) For a spiritual interpretation of these and other passages in this chapter, comp. Bishop Wordsworth's Commentary.

Verses 18-20. - A proverb concerning four inscrutable things, connected with the last by mention of the eagle. Verse 18. - There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not. The great point is the fourth, to which the three previous things lead up, all of them being alike in this, that they leave no trace. The facts are marvellous; Agur feels like Job, "I have uttered that which I understood not, things too wonderful for me, which I knew not" (Job 42:3). There be three things which are too wonderful for me,.... Which were above his reach and comprehension; what he could not find out, nor account for, nor sufficiently admire;

yea, four things which I know not; the way of them; as follows. 18-20. Hypocrisy is illustrated by four examples of the concealment of all methods or traces of action, and a pertinent example of double dealing in actual vice is added, that is, the adulterous woman.30:10 Slander not a servant to his master, accuse him not in small matters, to make mischief. 11-14. In every age there are monsters of ingratitude who ill-treat their parents. Many persuade themselves they are holy persons, whose hearts are full of sin, and who practise secret wickedness. There are others whose lofty pride is manifest. There have also been cruel monsters in every age. 15-17. Cruelty and covetousness are two daughters of the horseleech, that still cry, Give, give, and they are continually uneasy to themselves. Four things never are satisfied, to which these devourers are compared. Those are never rich that are always coveting. And many who have come to a bad end, have owned that their wicked courses began by despising their parents' authority. 18-20. Four things cannot be fully known. The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman uses to conceal her wickedness. 21-23 Four sorts of persons are very troublesome. Men of low origin and base spirit, who, getting authority, become tyrants. Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses. A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits. A servant who has obtained undue influence. Let those whom Providence has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets them.
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