30The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God.H1697H94H1121H3348H4853H1397H5002H384H384H401 2I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.H1198H376H998H120 3I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.H3925H2451H3045H1847H6918 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!H5927H8064H3381H622H7307H2651H6887H4325H8071H6965H657H776H8034H1121H8034H3045 5Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.H565H433H6884H4043H2620 6Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.H3254H1697H3198H3576 7O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.H8147H7592H4513H4191 8First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.H7368H7723H1697H3577H5414H7389H6239H2963H3899H2706 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.H7646H3584H559H3068H3423H1589H8610H8034H430 10Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.H3960H5650H113H7043H816 11Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother.H1755H7043H1H1288H517 12They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed.H1755H2889H5869H7364H6675 13They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances.H1755H7311H5869H6079H5375 14They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.H1755H8127H2719H4973H3979H398H6041H776H34H120 15The leech has two suckers that cry out, “More, more!” There are three things that are never satisfied—no, four that never say, “Enough!”.H5936H8147H1323H3051H3051H7969H7646H702H559H1952 16the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.H7585H6115H7356H776H7646H4325H784H559H1952 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.H5869H3932H1H936H3349H517H6158H5158H5365H1121H5404H398 18There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand.H7969H6381H702H3045 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.H1870H5404H8064H1870H5175H6697H1870H591H3820H3220H1870H1397H5959 20An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”H1870H5003H802H398H4229H6310H559H6466H205 21There are three things that make the earth tremble—no, four it cannot endure.H7969H776H7264H702H3201H5375 22a slave who becomes a king, an overbearing fool who prospers,H5650H4427H5036H7646H3899 23a bitter woman who finally gets a husband, a servant girl who supplants her mistress.H8130H1166H8198H3423H1404 24There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise.H702H6996H776H2449H2450 25Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.H5244H5971H5794H3559H3899H7019 26Hyraxes—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.H8227H6099H5971H7760H1004H5553 27Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation.H697H4428H3318H2686 28Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces.H8079H8610H3027H4428H1964 29There are three things that walk with stately stride—no, four that strut about.H7969H6806H3190H702H2895H3212 30the lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything,H3918H1368H929H7725H6440 31the strutting rooster, the male goat, a king as he leads his army.H4975H2223H8495H176H4428H510 32If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame.H5034H5375H2161H3027H6310 33As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.H4330H2461H3318H2529H4330H639H3318H1818H4330H639H3318H7379
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