Proverbs 30
Christian Standard BibleNew Living Translation
1The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The pronouncement. The man's oration to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:1The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God.
2I am more stupid than any other person, and I lack a human's ability to understand.2I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.
3I have not gained wisdom, and I have no knowledge of the Holy One.3I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.
4Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son--if you know?4Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name—and his son’s name? Tell me if you know!
5Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.5Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
6Don't add to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.6Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
7Two things I ask of you; don't deny them to me before I die:7O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
8Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.8First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
9Otherwise, I might have too much and deny you, saying, "Who is the LORD?" or I might have nothing and steal, profaning the name of my God.9For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.
10Don't slander a servant to his master or he will curse you, and you will become guilty.10Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother.11Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother.
12There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth.12They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed.
13There is a generation--how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.13They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances.
14There is a generation whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.14They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.
15The leech has two daughters: "Give, Give!" Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough!":15The leech has two suckers that cry out, “More, more!” There are three things that are never satisfied— no, four that never say, “Enough!”:
16Sheol; a childless womb; earth, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, "Enough!"16the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.
17As for the eye that ridicules a father and despises obedience to a mother, may ravens of the valley pluck it out and young vultures eat it.17The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother’s instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.
18Three things are too wondrous for me; four I can't understand:18There are three things that amaze me— no, four things that I don’t understand:
19the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship at sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.19how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.
20This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, "I've done nothing wrong."20An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
21The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four:21There are three things that make the earth tremble— no, four it cannot endure:
22a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food,22a slave who becomes a king, an overbearing fool who prospers,
23an unloved woman when she marries, and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.23a bitter woman who finally gets a husband, a servant girl who supplants her mistress.
24Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:24There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:
25ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer;25Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.
26hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;26Hyraxes —they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.
27locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks;27Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation.
28a lizard can be caught in your hands, yet it lives in kings' palaces.28Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces.
29Three things are stately in their stride; four are stately in their walk:29There are three things that walk with stately stride— no, four that strut about:
30a lion, which is mightiest among beasts and doesn't retreat before anything;30the lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything,
31a strutting rooster; a goat; and a king at the head of his army.31the strutting rooster, the male goat, a king as he leads his army.
32If you have been foolish by exalting yourself or if you've been scheming, put your hand over your mouth.32If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame.
33For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.33As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.
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Proverbs 29
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