- The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy:
the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
- Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the
understanding of a man.
- I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the
- Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath
gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a
garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what
[is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst
- Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them
that put their trust in him.
- Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou
be found a liar.
- Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not
before I die:
- Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
- Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the
LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God
- Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee,
and thou be found guilty.
- [There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and
doth not bless their mother.
- [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes,
and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
- [There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and
their eyelids are lifted up.
- [There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and
their jaw teeth [as] knives, to devour the poor from off the
earth, and the needy from [among] men.
- The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give.
There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four
[things] say not, [It is] enough:
- The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not
filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is]
- The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to
obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out,
and the young eagles shall eat it.
- There be three [things which] are too wonderful for me,
yea, four which I know not:
- The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon
a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way
of a man with a maid.
- Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and
wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
- For three [things] the earth is disquieted, and for four
[which] it cannot bear:
- For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is
filled with meat;
- For an odious [woman] when she is married; and an handmaid
that is heir to her mistress.
- There be four [things which are] little upon the earth,
but they [are] exceeding wise:
- The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their
meat in the summer;
- The conies [are but] a feeble folk, yet make they their
houses in the rocks;
- The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by
- The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings'
- There be three [things] which go well, yea, four are
comely in going:
- A lion [which is] strongest among beasts, and turneth not
away for any;
- A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom
[there is] no rising up.
- If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if
thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.
- Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the
wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of
wrath bringeth forth strife.
King James Bible 1603
(Network Version, 1994)
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