The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy: the man spake7 unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
Surely I [am] more brutish than [any] man, and have not the understanding of a man.
I neither learned1 wisdom, nor have4 the knowledge of the holy.
Who hath ascended1 up into heaven, or descended?4 who hath gathered1 the wind in his fists? who hath bound1 the waters in a garment? who hath established52 all the ends of the earth? what [is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst tell?4
Every word of God [is] pure:7 he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust6 in him.
Add55 thou not unto his words, lest he reprove55 thee, and thou be found a liar.8
Two [things] have I required1 of thee; deny4 me [them] not before I die:4
Remove far54 from me vanity and lies: 3577 give4 me neither poverty nor riches; feed54 me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full,4 and deny14 [thee], and say,1 Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor,11 and steal,1 and take1 the name of my God [in vain].
Accuse55 not a servant unto his master, lest he curse17 thee, and thou be found guilty.1
[There is] a generation [that] curseth17 their father, and doth not bless17 their mother.
[There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed27 from their filthiness.
[There is] a generation, O how lofty1 are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.11
[There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and their jaw teeth [as] knives, to devour2 the poor from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.
The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give,3 give.3 There are three [things that] are never satisfied,4 [yea], four [things] say1 not, [It is] enough:
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled1 with water; and the fire [that] saith1 not, [It is] enough.
The eye [that] mocketh4 at [his] father, and despiseth4 to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out,4 and the young eagles shall eat4 it.
There be three [things which] are too wonderful8 for me, yea, four which I know1 not:
The way of an eagle in the air; 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 maid.
Such [is] the way of an adulterous18 woman; she eateth,1 and wipeth1 her mouth, and saith,1 I have done1 no wickedness.
For three [things] the earth is disquieted,1 and for four [which] it cannot 3201 4 bear:2
For a servant when he reigneth;4 and a fool when he is filled4 with meat;
For an odious7 [woman] when she is married;11 and an handmaid that is heir4 to her mistress.
There be four [things which are] little upon the earth, but they [are] exceeding30 wise:
The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare55 their meat in the summer;
The conies [are but] a feeble 6099 folk, yet make4 they their houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth4 all of them by bands;6
The spider taketh hold17 with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
There be three [things] which go well,56 yea, four are comely56 in going:2
A lion [which is] strongest among beasts, and turneth not away4 for any;
A greyhound; 2223 an he goat also; and a king, against whom [there is] no rising up.
If thou hast done foolishly1 in lifting up99 thyself, or if thou hast thought evil,1 [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.
Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth55 butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth55 blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth55 strife.