Proverbs Chapter 30
1. The sayings, (דָבָר dabar #1697 from 1696) of Agur, (אָגוּר #94) son, (בֵּן #1121) of Yaqeh, (יָקֶה #3348)—a tribute, (מַשָּׂא massa #4853 from nasa). Uttered, (נְאֻם n’oom #5002 from na’am) the warrior, (גֶּבֶר geber #1397 from gabar) to Iythyel, (אִיתִיאֵל Iythyel #3841): an Israelite name, (אֻכָל ukal #401 from akal) meaning, with me is God.
“I am weary, God, but I can prevail.
2. For, (כִּי kiy #3588) I am, ( אָנֹכִי anokiy #595) brutish, (בַּעַר baa’ar #1198) from man, (אִישׁ iysh #376); and not, (לֹא lo #3808) for human, (אָדָם adam #120) understanding wisdom, (בִּינָה biynah #998 from bin),
3. and I learned, (לָמַד lamad 3924) not, (לֹא lo #3808) Wisdom, (חָכְמָה Chak’mah #2451 from Chakam) nor to Know, (יָדַע Yada #3045) Knowledge, (דַּעַת Daa’ath #1845 from Yada) of the Holy Ones, (קָדוֹשׁ Qadosh #6918 from Qodesh).
4. Who, (מִי Miy #4310) has gone up, (עָלָה a’alah #5927) to the heavens, (שָׁמַיִם shamaym #8064) and come down, (יָרַד yarad #3381)? Whose, (מִי Miy #4310) fists, (חֹפֶן chopen #2651) have gathered, (אָסַף asaph #622) the wind, (רוּחַ ruach #7307)? Who, (מִי Miy #4310) has bound, (צָרַר tzarar #6887) up the waters, (מַיִם mayim #4325) in a garment, (שִׂמְלָה sim’lah #8071)? Whose, (מִי Miy #4310) the one who established, (קוּם kum #6965) all, (כֹּל kol #3605 from kalal) the ends, (אֶפֶס ephes #657) of the earth, (אֶרֶץ eretz #776)? What, (מָה Mah #4100) is his Name, (שֵׁם shaym #8034) and what is the Name of his son, (בֵּן bayn #1121)? For, (כִּי kiy #3588) you know, (יָדַע yada #3045)!
5. “All/Every Word, (imrah #565a from amar) of God, (Eloah #433 from El) is tested/refined/pure, (tzaraph #6884); a shield/defense, (magen #4043 from ganan) to those who take refuge/confide, (chasah #2620).
6. Do not add to his words, or he will reprove, (yakack #3198) and you be found a liar, (kazab #3576).
7. “Two things I ask of you, YHVH; 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 YHVH?’ 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.”