Proverbs 30 The Passion Translation (TPT)
30 These are the collected sayings of the prophet Agur, Jakeh’s son—
the amazing revelation he imparted to Ithiel and Ukal.
2 God, I’m so weary and worn out,
I feel more like a beast than a man.
I was made in your image,
but I lack understanding.
3 I’ve yet to learn the wisdom
that comes from the full and intimate knowledge of you,
the Holy One.
4 Who is it that travels back and forth
from the heavenly realm to the earth?
Who controls the wind as it blows and holds it in his fists?
Who tucks the rain into the cloak of his clouds?
Who stretches out the skyline from one vista to the other?
What is his name?
And what is the name of his Son?
Who can tell me?
A Pure Heart Is Filled with God’s Word
5 Every promise from the faithful God
is pure and proves to be true.
He is a wrap-around shield of protection for all his lovers
who run to hide in him.
6 Never add to his words,
or he will have to rebuke you and prove that you’re a liar.
7 God, there are two things I’m asking you for before I die, only two:
8 Empty out of my heart everything that is false—
every lie, and every crooked thing.
And give me neither undue poverty nor undue wealth—
but rather, feed my soul with the measure of prosperity
that pleases you.
9 May my satisfaction be found in you.
Don’t let me be so rich that I don’t need you
or so poor that I have to resort to dishonesty
just to make ends meet.
Then my life will never detract from bringing glory to your name.
10 Never defame a servant before his master,
for you will be the guilty one
and a curse will come upon you.
11 There is a generation rising that curses their fathers
and speaks evil of their mothers.
12 There is a generation rising that considers themselves
to be pure in their own eyes,
yet they are morally filthy, unwashed, and unclean.
13 There is a generation rising that is so filled with pride
they think they are superior and look down on others.
14 There is a generation rising that uses their words like swords
to cut and slash those who are different.
They would devour the poor, the needy, and the afflicted
from off the face of the earth!
15 There are three words to describe the greedy:
“Give me more!”
There are some things that are never satisfied.
Forever craving more, they’re unable to say, “That’s enough!”
Here are four:
16 The grave, yawning for another victim,
the barren womb, ever wanting a child,
thirsty soil, ever longing for rain,
and a raging fire, devouring its fuel.
They’re all insatiable.
17 The eye that mocks his father and dishonors his elderly mother
deserves to be plucked out by the ravens of the valley
and fed to the young vultures!
18 There are four marvelous mysteries
that are too amazing to unravel—
who could fully explain them?
19 The way an eagle flies in the sky,
the way a snake glides on a boulder,
the path of a ship as it passes through the sea,
and the way a bridegroom falls in love with his bride.
20 Here is the deceptive way of the adulterous woman:
she takes what she wants and then says,
“I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Four Intolerable Things
21 There are four intolerable events
that are simply unbearable to observe:
22 when an unfaithful servant becomes a ruler,
when a scoundrel comes into great wealth,
23 when an unfaithful woman marries a good man,
and when a mistress replaces a faithful wife.
Four Creatures Small and Wise
24 The earth has four creatures that are very small but very wise:
25 The feeble ant has little strength,
yet look how it diligently gathers its food in the summer
to last throughout the winter.
26 The delicate rock-badger isn’t all that strong,
yet look how it makes a secure home, nestled in the rocks.
27 The locusts have no king to lead them,
yet they cooperate as they move forward by bands.
28 And the small lizard is easy to catch
as it clings to the walls with its hands,
yet it can be found inside a king’s palace.
Four Stately Things
29 There are four stately monarchs
who are impressive to watch as they go forth:
30 the lion, the king of the jungle, who is afraid of no one,
31 the rooster strutting boldly among the hens,
the male goat out in front leading the herd,
and a king leading his regal procession.
32 If you’ve acted foolishly by drawing attention to yourself,
or if you’ve thought about saying something stupid,
you’d better shut your mouth.
33 For such stupidity may give you a bloody nose!
Stirring up an argument only leads to an angry confrontation.
Proverbs 30 New International Version (NIV)
Sayings of Agur
30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
but I can prevail.
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
5 “Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,
or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;
12 those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth
and the needy from among mankind.
15 “The leech has two daughters.
‘Give! Give!’ they cry.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
17 “The eye that mocks a father,
that scorns an aged mother,
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures.
18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
19 the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a young woman.
20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth
and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’
21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
under four it cannot bear up:
22 a servant who becomes king,
a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
23 a contemptible woman who gets married,
and a servant who displaces her mistress.
24 “Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
25 Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
26 hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
27 locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces.
29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
four that move with stately bearing:
30 a lion, mighty among beasts,
who retreats before nothing;
31 a strutting rooster, a he-goat,
and a king secure against revolt.
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”