Proverbs 30:8
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English Standard Version
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,

King James Bible
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

American Standard Version
Remove far from me falsehood and lies; Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is needful for me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remove far from me vanity, and lying words. Give me neither beggary, nor riches: give me only the necessaries of life:

English Revised Version
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me:

Webster's Bible Translation
Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The כי now following confirms the fruitlessness of the long zealous search:

2 For I am without reason for a man,

   And a man's understanding I have not.

3 And I have not learned wisdom,

   That I may possess the knowledge of the All-Holy.

He who cannot come to any fixed state of consecration, inasmuch as he is always driven more and more back from the goal he aims at, thereby brings guilt upon himself as a sinner so great, that every other man stands above him, and he is deep under them all. So here Agur finds the reason why in divine things he has failed to attain unto satisfying intelligence, not in the ignorance and inability common to all men - he appears to himself as not a man at all, but as an irrational beast, and he misses in himself the understanding which a man properly might have and ought to have. The מן of מאישׁ is not the partitive, like Isaiah 44:11, not the usual comparative: than any one (Bttcher), which ought to be expressed by מכּל־אישׁ, but it is the negative, as Isaiah 52:14; Fleischer: rudior ego sum quam ut homo appeller, or: brutus ego, hominis non similis. Regarding בּער, vid., under Proverbs 12:1.

(Note: According to the Arab. בעיר is not a beast as grazing, but as dropping stercus (ba'r, camel's or sheep's droppings); to the R. בר, Mhlau rightly gives the meanings of separating, whence are derived the meanings of grazing as well as of removing (cleansing) (cf. Pers. thak karadn, to make clean equals to make clean house, tabula rasa).)

Proverbs 30:3 now says that he went into no school of wisdom, and for that reason in his wrestling after knowledge could attain to nothing, because the necessary conditions to this were wanting to him. But then the question arises: Why this complaint? He must first go to school in order to obtain, according to the word "To him who hath is given," that for which he strove. Thus למדתּי refers to learning in the midst of wrestling; but למד, spiritually understood, signifies the acquiring of a kennens [knowledge] or knnens [knowledge equals ability]: he has not brought it out from the deep point of his condition of knowledge to make wisdom his own, so that he cannot adjudge to himself knowledge of the all-holy God (for this knowledge is the kernel and the star of true wisdom). If we read 3b לא אדע, this would be synchronistic, nesciebam, with למדתי standing on the same line. On the contrary, the positive אדע subordinates itself to ולא־למדתי, as the Arab. fâa' lama, in the sense of (ita) ut scirem scientiam Sanctissimi, thus of a conclusion, like Lamentations 1:19, a clause expressive of the intention, Ewald, 347a. קדשׁים is, as at Proverbs 9:10, the name of God in a superlative sense, like the Arab. el-kuddûs.

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Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

Psalm 119:29,37 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me your law graciously...

Ecclesiastes 1:2 Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Isaiah 5:18 Woe to them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

Isaiah 59:4 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief...

John 2:8 And he said to them, Draw out now, and bear to the governor of the feast. And they bore it.

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like passions with you...

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Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat...

Genesis 48:15,16 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk...

Exodus 16:15,18,21,22,29,35 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they knew not what it was. And Moses said to them...

Matthew 6:11,33 Give us this day our daily bread...

Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain...

convenient for me or of my allowance

2 Kings 25:30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.

Jeremiah 37:21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison...

Jeremiah 52:34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death...

Cross References
Matthew 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread,

1 Timothy 6:8
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Job 23:12
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

Proverbs 30:7
Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:

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