Proverbs 30:1-33 GNT

Proverbs 30:1-33 GNT [1] These are the solemn words of Agur son of Jakeh: "God is not with me, God is not with me, and I am helpless. [2] I am more like an animal than a human being; I do not have the sense we humans should have. [3] I have never learned any wisdom, and I know nothing at all about God. [4] Have any ever mastered heavenly knowledge? Have any ever caught the wind in their hands? Or wrapped up water in a piece of cloth? Or fixed the boundaries of the earth? Who are they, if you know? Who are their children? [5] "God keeps every promise he makes. He is like a shield for all who seek his protection. [6] If you claim that he said something that he never said, he will reprimand you and show that you are a liar." [7] I ask you, God, to let me have two things before I die: [8] keep me from lying, and let me be neither rich nor poor. So give me only as much food as I need. [9] If I have more, I might say that I do not need you. But if I am poor, I might steal and bring disgrace on my God. [10] Never criticize servants to their master. You will be cursed and suffer for it. [11] There are people who curse their fathers and do not show their appreciation for their mothers. [12] There are people who think they are pure when they are as filthy as they can be. [13] There are people who think they are so good-oh, how good they think they are! [14] There are people who take cruel advantage of the poor and needy; that is the way they make their living. [15] A leech has two daughters, and both are named "Give me!" There are four things that are never satisfied: [16] the world of the dead, a woman without children, dry ground that needs rain, and a fire burning out of control. [17] If you make fun of your father or despise your mother in her old age, you ought to be eaten by vultures or have your eyes picked out by wild ravens. [18] There are four things that are too mysterious for me to understand: [19] an eagle flying in the sky, a snake moving on a rock, a ship finding its way over the sea, and a man and a woman falling in love. [20] This is how an unfaithful wife acts: she commits adultery, takes a bath, and says, "But I haven't done anything wrong!" [21] There are four things that the earth itself cannot tolerate: [22] a slave who becomes a king, a fool who has all he wants to eat, [23] a hateful woman who gets married, and a servant woman who takes the place of her mistress. [24] There are four animals in the world that are small, but very, very clever: [25] Ants: they are weak, but they store up their food in the summer. [26] Rock badgers: they are not strong either, but they make their homes among the rocks. [27] Locusts: they have no king, but they move in formation. [28] Lizards: you can hold one in your hand, but you can find them in palaces. [29] There are four things that are impressive to watch as they walk: [30] lions, strongest of all animals and afraid of none; [31] goats, strutting roosters, and kings in front of their people. [32] If you have been foolish enough to be arrogant and plan evil, stop and think! [33] If you churn milk, you get butter. If you hit someone's nose, it bleeds. If you stir up anger, you get into trouble.

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