1The words of Agur the son of Yakeh, even the prophecy: the man said unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ukkal,
2“Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a common man.
3Nor have I learned wisdom, so that I should have knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who was it that ascended into heaven, and came down again? who gathered the wind in his fists? who bound the waters in a garment? who set up all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest it?”
5Every saying of God is purified: he is a shield unto those that put their trust in him.
6Do not add aught unto his words: lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
7Two things do I request of thee: deny them not to me before I die.
8Vanity and lying words do thou remove far from me: neither poverty nor riches give thou unto me; let me eat the bread appointed unto me:
9Lest I become over-full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I become poor, and steal, and trespass against the name of my God.
10Do not calumniate a servant unto his master: lest he curse thee, and thou incur guilt.
11There is a generation that curseth its father, and doth not bless its mother.
12There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not washed clean of its filthiness.
13There is a generation—O how lofty are its eyes! and its eyelids are so lifted up.
14There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and whose string teeth are as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
15Insatiability hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things which never say, Enough:
16The nether world; and a barren womb; the earth which is not satisfied with water; and the fire which never saith, Enough.
17The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, this shall the ravens of the valley pick out; and the young eagles shall eat it.
18Three things there are which are too wonderful for me; and four, which I know not:
19The way of the eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the heart of the sea; and the way of a man with a young woman.
20Such is the way of an adulterous woman: she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wrong.
21Under three things the earth trembleth, and under four which she cannot bear:
22Under a servant when he becometh king, and a worthless fool when he hath eaten enough bread;
23Under an odious woman when she is married, and a bond-woman when she dispossesseth her mistress.
24There are four which are the little ones of the earth, and they are nevertheless exceedingly wise:
25The ants are a people not strong, therefore do they prepare in the summer their food;
26The conies are but a feeble people, therefore do they place on the rocks their houses;
27The locusts have no king, and yet they go forth in troops altogether;
28The spider thou canst catch with thy hands, and yet she is in the palaces of a king.
29Three there are that have a stately step, and four, that are stately in going:
30The lion, the mightiest among beasts, who turneth not round from before any one;
31The light-legged greyhound, and the he-goat; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
32If thou hast become degraded by lifting up thyself, or if thou hast devised evil, put thy hand to thy mouth:
33For the pressure of milk bringeth forth butter, and the pressure of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the pressure of wrath bringeth forth strife.