The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy:
the man spake 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 learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath
gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a
garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what
[is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst
Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them
that put their trust in him.
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou
be found a liar.
Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not
before I die:
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the
LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee,
and thou be found guilty.
[There is] a generation [that] curseth their father, and
doth not bless their mother.
[There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes,
and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.
[There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and
their eyelids are lifted up.
[There is] a generation, whose teeth [are as] swords, and
their jaw teeth [as] knives, to devour the poor from off the
earth, and the needy from [among] men.
The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give.
There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four
[things] say not, [It is] enough:
The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not
filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is]
The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to
obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out,
and the young eagles shall eat it.
There be three [things which] are too wonderful for me,
yea, four which I know 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 adulterous woman; she eateth, and
wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
For three [things] the earth is disquieted, and for four
[which] it cannot bear:
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is
filled with meat;
For an odious [woman] when she is married; and an handmaid
that is heir to her mistress.
There be four [things which are] little upon the earth,
but they [are] exceeding wise:
The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their
meat in the summer;
The conies [are but] a feeble folk, yet make they their
houses in the rocks;
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings'
There be three [things] which go well, yea, four are
comely in going:
A lion [which is] strongest among beasts, and turneth not
away for any;
A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom
[there is] no rising up.
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if
thou hast thought evil, [lay] thine hand upon thy mouth.
Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the
wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of
wrath bringeth forth strife.