1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have a man's understanding;
3 And I have not learned wisdom, Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know?
5 Every word of God is tried; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
6 Do not add to His words, Lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I have asked of You; Do not refuse me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lies. Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,
9 Lest I become full and deny You and say, Who is Jehovah? Or lest I become poor and steal and profane the name of my God.
10 Do not slander a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
11 There is a generation that curse their father, And do not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, And yet are not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation - oh how lofty are their eyes, And their eyelids are raised arrogantly.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And their jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from off the earth, And the needy from among men.
15 The leech has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, Indeed, four that do not say, Enough:
16 Sheol and the barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water, And the fire that does not say, Enough.
17 The eye that mocks his father And despises to obey his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Indeed four which I do not know:
19 The way of an eagle in the sky, The way of a serpent upon a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a maiden.
20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth And says, I have done no wickedness.
21 Under three things the earth quakes, And under four, it cannot bear up:
22 Under a servant when he is king, And a fool when he is filled with food;
23 Under a hated woman when she gets married, And a servant girl who is heir to her mistress.
24 Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are a clan without strength, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 The rock badgers are a clan without might, Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27 The swarming locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;
28 The lizard can be grasped with the hands, Yet she is in kings' palaces.
29 There are three things which are stately in their step, Indeed four which are stately in walking:
30 The lion, which is mightiest among beasts, And does not turn back before any;
31 The strutting cock girded in the loins, or a male goat, And a king who has a band of soldiers with him.
32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, Or if you have thought an evil scheme, Put your hand upon your mouth.
33 For the churning of milk produces butter, And the wringing of the nose brings forth blood, So the pressing of wrath brings forth strife.