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Proverbs 30:1-4 Common English Bible (CEB)

Words of Agur

30 The words of Agur, Jakeh’s son, from Massa.

The man declares: I’m tired, God;
    I’m tired, God, and I’m exhausted.
Actually, I’m too stupid to be human,
    a man without understanding.
I haven’t learned wisdom,
    nor do I have knowledge of the holy one.

Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
    Who has gathered the wind by the handful?
    Who has bound up the waters in a garment?
    Who has established all the ends of the earth?
    What is this person’s name and the name of this person’s child—
            if you know it?

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Proverbs 30:24-33 Common English Bible (CEB)

24 Four things are among the smallest on earth,
    but they are extremely wise:
25     Ants as creatures aren’t strong,
            but they store away their food in the summer.
26     Badgers as creatures aren’t powerful,
            but they make their homes in the rocks.
27     Locusts don’t have a king,
            but they march together in ranks.
28     You can catch lizards in your hand,
            but they are in kings’ palaces.

29 There are three things that are excellent in their stride,
    four that are excellent as they walk:
30     a lion, a warrior among beasts,
            which doesn’t back down at anything;
31     the strut of a rooster or a male goat;
    and a king with his army.

32 If you’ve been foolish and arrogant,
    if you’ve been scheming,
    put your hand to your mouth,
33         because churning milk makes curds,
        squeezing the nose brings blood,
        and stirring up anger produces strife.

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