15 The leech has two daughters:
    Give and Give.[a]
(A)Three things are never satisfied;
    (B)four never say, “Enough”:
16 (C)Sheol, (D)the barren womb,
    the land never satisfied with water,
    and the fire that never says, “Enough.”

17 The eye that (E)mocks a father
    and (F)scorns to obey a mother
will (G)be picked out by (H)the ravens of the valley
    and eaten by the vultures.

18 (I)Three things are (J)too wonderful for me;
    (K)four I do not understand:
19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
    the way of a serpent on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
    and the way of a man with a virgin.

20 This is the way of an adulteress:
    she eats and wipes her mouth
    and says, “I have done no wrong.”

21 Under (L)three things (M)the earth trembles;
    under (N)four it cannot bear up:
22 (O)a slave when he becomes king,
    and a fool when he is (P)filled with food;
23 (Q)an unloved woman when she (R)gets a husband,
    and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.

24 (S)Four things on earth are small,
    but they are exceedingly wise:
25 (T)the ants are a people not strong,
    yet they provide their food in the summer;
26 (U)the rock badgers are a people not mighty,
    yet they make their homes in the cliffs;
27 the locusts have no (V)king,
    yet all of them march in (W)rank;
28 the lizard you can take in your hands,
    yet it is in kings' palaces.

29 (X)Three things are stately in their tread;
    (Y)four are stately in their stride:
30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
    and (Z)does not turn back before any;
31 the (AA)strutting rooster,[b] the he-goat,
    and a king whose army is with him.[c]

32 If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
    or if you have been devising evil,
    (AB)put your hand on your mouth.
33 For pressing milk produces curds,
    pressing the nose produces blood,
    and pressing anger produces strife.

The Words of King Lemuel

31 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

What are you doing, my son?[d] What are you doing, (AC)son of my womb?
    What are you doing, (AD)son of my vows?
Do (AE)not give your strength to women,
    your ways to those (AF)who destroy kings.
(AG)It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
    it is not for kings (AH)to drink wine,
    or for rulers to take (AI)strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed
    and (AJ)pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to the one who (AK)is perishing,
    and wine to (AL)those in bitter distress;[e]
(AM)let them drink and forget their poverty
    and remember their misery no more.
(AN)Open your mouth for the mute,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.[f]
Open your mouth, (AO)judge righteously,
    (AP)defend the rights of (AQ)the poor and needy.

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 30:15 Or “Give, give,” they cry
  2. Proverbs 30:31 Or the magpie, or the greyhound; Hebrew girt-of-loins
  3. Proverbs 30:31 Or against whom there is no rising up
  4. Proverbs 31:2 Hebrew What, my son?
  5. Proverbs 31:6 Hebrew those bitter in soul
  6. Proverbs 31:8 Hebrew are sons of passing away

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