21 Under three things the earth quakes,
And under four, it cannot endure:
22 Under a (A)slave when he becomes king,
And a fool when he is satisfied with food,
23 Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
And a female servant when she dispossesses her mistress.

24 Four things are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
25 The (B)ants are not a strong people,
But they prepare their food in the summer;
26 The (C)rock hyraxes are not a mighty people,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in (D)ranks;
28 The lizard you may grasp with the hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

29 There are three things which are stately in their march,
Even four which are stately when they walk:
30 The lion, which is (E)mighty among animals
And does not [a](F)retreat from anything,
31 The [b]strutting rooster or the male goat,
And a king when his army is with him.

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have plotted evil, (G)put your hand on your mouth.
33 For the [c]churning of milk produces butter,
And pressing the nose produces blood;
So the [d]churning of (H)anger produces strife.

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  1. Proverbs 30:30 Lit turn back
  2. Proverbs 30:31 Lit girt in the loins
  3. Proverbs 30:33 Lit pressing
  4. Proverbs 30:33 Lit pressing

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