Proverbs 30:8
New International Version
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.

New Living Translation
First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.

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,

Berean Study Bible
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread that is my portion.

New American Standard Bible
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

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

Christian Standard Bible
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.

Contemporary English Version
Make me absolutely honest and don't let me be too poor or too rich. Give me just what I need.

Good News Translation
keep me from lying, and let me be neither rich nor poor. So give me only as much food as I need.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need.

International Standard Version
Keep deception and lies far away from me, and give me neither poverty nor wealth. Feed me with food that I need for today,

NET Bible
Remove falsehood and lies far from me; do not give me poverty or riches, feed me with my allotted portion of bread,

New Heart English Bible
Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take emptiness and lying speech far from me, and do not give me poverty or wealth. Give me a living sufficient for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep vanity and lies far away from me. Don't give me either poverty or riches. Feed me [only] the food I need,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remove far from me falsehood and lies; Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with mine allotted bread;

New American Standard 1977
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread of my judgment:

King James 2000 Bible
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food needful for me:

American King James Version
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:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Remove far from me vanity and falsehood: and give me not wealth or poverty; but appoint me what is needful and sufficient:

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

Darby Bible Translation
Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread of my daily need:

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:

World English Bible
Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me;

Young's Literal Translation
Vanity and a lying word put far from me, Poverty or wealth give not to me, Cause me to eat the bread of my portion,
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
7Two things I ask of You—do not refuse me before I die: 8Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the bread that is my portion. 9Otherwise, I may have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the LORD?” Or I may become poor and steal, profaning the name of my God.…
Cross References
Matthew 6:11
Give us this day our daily bread.

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

Job 23:12
I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.

Proverbs 30:7
Two things I ask of You--do not refuse me before I die:

Treasury of Scripture

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

remove

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 soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Proverbs 23:5
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

feed

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, and raiment to put on,

Genesis 48:15,16
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, …

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 wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat…

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, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in 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, all the days of his life.







Lexicon
Keep falsehood
שָׁ֤וְא ׀ (šāw)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7723: Evil, idolatry, uselessness

and deceitful
כָּזָ֡ב (kā·zāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3577: A lie, falsehood, deceptive thing

words
וּֽדְבַר־ (ū·ḏə·ḇar-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

far
הַרְחֵ֬ק (har·ḥêq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7368: To be or become far or distant

from me.
מִמֶּ֗נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

Give me
תִּֽתֶּן־ (tit·ten-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

neither
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

poverty
רֵ֣אשׁ (rêš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7389: Poverty

nor riches;
וָ֭עֹשֶׁר (wā·‘ō·šer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6239: Wealth

feed me
הַ֝טְרִיפֵ֗נִי (haṭ·rî·p̄ê·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2963: To pluck off, pull to pieces, to supply with food

with the bread
לֶ֣חֶם (le·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

that is my portion.
חֻקִּֽי׃ (ḥuq·qî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute
(8) Vanity.--Falsehood either towards God or man.

Food convenient for me.--Literally, bread of my portion, such as is apportioned to me as suitable by the care of the heavenly Father. Comp. "daily bread" (Matthew 6:11) in the sense of "proper for our sustenance."

Verse 8. - Here is the first request: Remove far from me vanity and lies. Shay, "vanity," is inward hollowness and worthlessness, and "lies" are the expression of this in words. The prayer might indeed be taken as an entreaty against being polluted with the companionship of the evil, like "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;" but it is best taken subjectively, as a supplication for personal truthfulness and sincerity in all relations both towards God and man. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Both extremes are deprecated: the mean is the safest and the happiest, Horace, 'Carm.,' 3:16. 424

"Multa petentibus
Desunt multa; bene est, cui deus obtulit
Parca, quod satis est, manu."


"The 'ever craving' is Want's slave and thrall;
The gods most wisely thus their gifts accord,
Giving 'enough,' they amply give to all."


(Stanley.) Theognis, 'Patron.,' 1155 -

Οὐκ ἔραμαι πλουτεῖν οὐδ εὔχομαι ἀλλὰ μοι εἴη
Ζῇν ἀπὸ τῶν π᾿λίγων μηδὲν ἔχοντι κακόν

"I want not wealth; I only ask to live
On frugal means without corroding care."
Feed me with food convenient for me; literally, give me to eat the bread of my portion; that which by God s providence is determined for me (comp. Genesis 47:22, which speaks of the portion assigned for the support of the priests; Job 23:14; and below, Proverbs 31:15). It is natural to refer to τὸν ἄρτον ἡμῶν ἐπιούσιον of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:11); but the idea is not the same. In the latter, bread for the needs of the coming day is meant; in our passage it is more indefinite, a casting one's self on the Divine love, in readiness to take what that love assigns. "Having food and covering," says St. Paul (1 Timothy 6:8), "we shall be therewith content." Septuagint, "Appoint for me what is necessary and what is sufficient (τὰ δεόντα καὶ τὰ αὐτάρκη)." 30:7-9 Agur wisely prayed for a middle state, that he might be kept at a distance from temptations; he asked daily bread suited to his station, his family, and his real good. There is a remarkable similarity between this prayer and several clauses of the Lord's prayer. If we are removed from vanity and lies; if we are interested in the pardoning love of Christ, and have him for our portion; if we walk with God, then we shall have all we can ask or think, as to spiritual things. When we consider how those who have abundance are prone to abuse the gift, and what it is to suffer want, Agur's prayer will ever be found a wise one, though seldom offered. Food convenient; what is so for one, may not be so for another; but we may be sure that our heavenly Father will supply all our need, and not suffer us to want anything good for us; and why should we wish for more?
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