1The words of Agur, son of Yakeh, the Massaite. The inspired utterance of the man for Ithiel, for Ithiel and Ucal.
2Surely I am more stupid than anyone, and I do not have the understanding of a man.
3And I did not learn wisdom, nor do I know the knowledge of the Holy One.
4Who has ascended into heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind into the palms of both hands? Who has bound up the waters into his garment? Who has set up all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!
5Every utterance of God is tested; he is a shield for those who take refuge in him.
6Do not add to his words lest he reproves you, and you will be found to be a liar.
7Two things I ask from you, do not withhold these from me before I die:
8remove deceitfulness and false speech far from me; give me neither poverty nor wealth; provide to me my portion of bread.
9Lest I become satisfied and deny you and say, “Who is Yahweh?” Or lest I become impoverished and steal and desecrate the name of my God.
10Do not slander a servant to his lord, lest he curse you and you will be held guilty.
11There is a generation that curses its father and that does not bless its mother.
12A generation that is pure in its own eyes but has not been washed from its excrement.
13A generation—how haughty are its eyes, and how high its eyelids are lifted up!
14A generation whose teeth are swords and fangs are knives, to devour the poor from the land and the needy from humankind.
15Two daughters belong to the leech; “Give!” “Give!” There are three things that will never be satisfied, four that will never say, “Enough!”
16Sheol and the barren womb; land that is never satisfied with water; and fire never says, “Enough!”
17An eye that mocks at his father and despisesa obedience to his mother— ravens of the valley will peck it out, and the offspring of a vulture will eat it.
18These three things are difficult for me, and four that I do not understand:
19the way of an eagle in the heavens, 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.
20This is the road of the woman who commits adultery: she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, “I have not committed any wickedness.”
21The land quakes under three things, and under four it cannot bear up:
22under a slave when he becomes king, and a godless person when he is satisfied with food,
23under a hated woman when she gets married, and a slave-girl when she displaces her mistress.
24These four things are small on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:
25the ants are a clan who are not mighty, but they prepare their food in the summer;
26the rock-badgers are a clan who are not mighty, yet they make their dwellings in the cliffs;
27the locusts have no king, yet they all go out organized in ranks;
28you can grab a lizard with the hands, yet it lives in the king’s palaces.
29These three are confident as they step, and four are confident as they walk:
30the lion is mighty among the beasts and it does not retreat in the face of anything;
31the strutting rooster, also the male goat, and a king when his band of soldiers is with him.
32If you acted foolishly by exalting yourself, or if you have considered it, put your hand over your mouth.
33For the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the churning of the nose brings forth blood, so the churning of anger brings forth strife.