1The words of Agur son of Jakeh—the utterance: This man declared to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
2Surely I am more like an animal than any human and I do not have the understanding of a human being.
3I have not learned wisdom, nor do I have knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has gathered up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!
5Every word of God is tested; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6Do not add to his words, or he will discipline you, and you will be proved to be a liar.
7Two things I ask of you, do not withhold them from me before I die:
8Put vanity and lies far away from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches, just give me the food I need.
9For if I have too much, I might deny you and say, “Who is Yahweh?” Or if I become poor, I might steal and profane the name of my God.
10Do not slander a slave before his master, or he will curse you and you will be held guilty.
11There is a generation that curses their father and does not bless their mother.
12There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, and yet they are not washed of their filth.
13There is a generation whose eyes are raised up, and how high are their eyelids lifted up!
14There is a generation whose teeth are swords, and their jawbones are like knives, so they may devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.
15The leech has two daughters: “Give and give” they cry. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, “Enough”:
16Sheol; the barren womb; land that is never satisfied with water; and the fire that never says, “Enough!”
17The eye that mocks a father and scorns obedience to a mother, his eyes will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, and he will be eaten by the vultures.
18There are three things that are too wonderful for me, four that I do not understand:
19the way of an eagle in the sky; the way of a snake on a rock; the way of a ship in the heart of the sea; and the way of a man with a young woman.
20This is the way of an adulteress: she eats and she wipes her mouth and says, “I have done nothing wrong.”
21Under three things the earth trembles, and under four it cannot bear up:
22a slave when he becomes king; a fool when he is filled with food;
23a hated woman when she marries; and a maid when she takes the place of her mistress.
24Four things on earth are small and yet they are very wise:
25the ants are creatures that are not strong, but they prepare their food in the summer;
26the rock badgers are not mighty creatures, but they make their homes in the rocks.
27Locusts have no king, but all of them march in rank.
28As for the lizard, you can hold it in your two hands, yet they are found in kings' palaces.
29There are three things that are stately in their stride and four that are stately in how they walk:
30a lion, strongest among wild animals— it does not turn away from anything;
31a strutting rooster; a goat; and a king whose soldiers are beside him.
32If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil— put your hand over your mouth.
33As churning milk makes butter and as one's nose will produce blood if it is twisted, so deeds done in anger produce conflict.