Chapter 30
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The words of Agur the daughter of Jakeh, the oracle: the woman says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
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"Surely I am the most ignorant woman, and don't have a woman's understanding.
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I have not learned wisdom, neither do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.
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Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in her fists? Who has bound the waters in her garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is her name, and what is her daughter's name, if you know?
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"Every word of God is flawless. She is a shield to those who take refuge in her.
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Don't you add to her words, lest she reprove you, and you be found a liar.
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"Two things I have asked of you; don't deny me before I die:
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Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Feed me with the food that is needful for me;
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lest I be full, deny you, and say, 'Who is Yahweh?' or lest I be poor, and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
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"Don't slander a servant to her master, lest she curse you, and you be held guilty.
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There is a generation that curses their mother, and doesn't bless their father.
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There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, yet are not washed from their filthiness.
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There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! Their eyelids are lifted up.
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There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaws like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among women.
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"The leach has two sons: 'Give, give.' "There are three things that are never satisfied; four that don't say, 'Enough:'
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Sheol, the barren womb; the earth that is not satisfied with water; and the fire that doesn't say, 'Enough.'
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"The eye that mocks at her mother, and scorns obedience to her father: the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, the young eagles shall eat it.
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"There are three things which are too amazing for me, four which I don't understand:
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The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent on a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a woman with a manservant.
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"So is the way of an adulterous man: he eats and wipes his mouth, and says, 'I have done nothing wrong.'
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"For three things the earth tremble, and under four, it can't bear up:
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For a servant when she is queen; a fool when she is filled with food;
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for an unloved man when he is married; and a houseboy who is heir to his mistress.
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"There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:
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the ants are not a strong people, yet they provide their food in the summer.
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The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.
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The locusts have no queen, yet they advance in ranks.
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You can catch a lizard with your hands, yet it is in queens' palaces.
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"There are three things which are stately in their march, four which are stately in going:
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The lion, which is mightiest among animals, and doesn't turn away for any;
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the greyhound, the female goat also; and the queen against whom there is no rising up.
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"If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, put your hand over your mouth.
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For as the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife."