New Life Version
The Wisdom of Agur
30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ithiel and Ucal:
2 For sure, I am more foolish than any man, and I do not have the understanding of a man. 3 I have not learned wisdom, and I do not know much about the Holy One. 4 Who has gone up into heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His hands? Who has gathered the waters in His coat? Who has put in place all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name? For sure you know!
5 Every word of God has been proven true. He is a safe-covering to those who trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, or He will speak strong words to you and prove you to be a liar.
7 Two things I have asked of You. Do not keep me from having them before I die: 8 Take lies and what is false far from me. Do not let me be poor or rich. Feed me with the food that I need. 9 Then I will not be afraid that I will be full and turn my back against You and say, “Who is the Lord?” And I will not be afraid that I will be poor and steal, and bring shame on the name of my God.
10 Do not speak against a slave while talking with his owner, or he may curse you and you will be found guilty.
11 There are those who curse their fathers, and do not honor their mothers. 12 There are people who are pure in their own eyes, but are not washed from their own dirt. 13 There is a kind, O, how proud are his eyes! His eyes are opened wide with pride. 14 There is a kind of man whose teeth are swords, whose jaws are like knives, who eat up those who are suffering from the earth, and those in need from among men.
15 The one who lives by the blood of another has two daughters, “Give,” “Give.” There are three things that are never filled, four that never say, “Enough”: 16 The place of the dead, the woman who cannot have children, the earth that is always thirsty for water, and fire that never says, “Enough.”
17 The eye that makes fun of a father and hates to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the young eagles.
18 There are three things which are too great for me, four which 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 out at sea, and the way of a man with a woman.
20 This is the way of a woman who is not faithful in marriage: She eats and washes her mouth, and says, “I have done no wrong.”
21 Under three things the earth shakes, and under four it cannot stand: 22 Under a servant when he becomes king, under a fool when he is filled with food, 23 under a woman who is not loved when she gets a husband, and under a woman servant when she takes the place of the woman of the house.
24 There are four things that are small on the earth, but they are very wise: 25 The ants are not a strong people, but they store up their food in the summer. 26 The badgers are not a strong people, but they make their houses in the rocks. 27 The locusts have no king, but they go as an army. 28 You can take the lizard in your hands, but it is found in kings’ houses.
29 There are three things which have honor in their steps, even four which show honor in their walk: 30 The lion, which is powerful among wild animals and does not turn away from any, 31 the proud rooster, the male goat, and a king when his army is with him.
32 If you have been foolish in honoring yourself, or if you have planned wrong-doing, put your hand on your mouth. 33 Shaking milk makes butter, and hitting the nose brings blood. So fighting comes because of anger.