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Proverb A Day, Proverb 30 [Prayer and Meditation]
Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon

Posted on 03/30/2014 10:02:43 AM PDT by OneVike

Proverb 30 (NKJV)

The Wisdom of Agur

01 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance.
00 This man declared to Ithiel--to Ithiel and Ucal:

02 Surely I am more stupid than any man,
00 And do not have the understanding of a man.
03 I neither learned wisdom
00 Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.

04 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
00 Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
00 Who has bound the waters in a garment?
00 Who has established all the ends of the earth?
00 What is His name, and what is His Son's name,
00 If you know?

05 Every word of God is pure;
00 He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
06 Do not add to His words,
00 Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

07 Two things I request of You
00 (Deprive me not before I die):
08 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
00 Give me neither poverty nor riches--
00 Feed me with the food allotted to me;
09 Lest I be full and deny You,
00 And say, "Who is the LORD?"
00 Or lest I be poor and steal,
00 And profane the name of my God.

10 Do not malign a servant to his master,
00 Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

11 There is a generation that curses its father,
00 And does not bless its mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
00 Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13 There is a generation-- oh, how lofty are their eyes!
00 And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
00 And whose fangs are like knives,
00 To devour the poor from off the earth,
00 And the needy from among men.

15 The leech has two daughters--
00 Give and Give!

00 There are three things that are never satisfied,
00 Four never say, "Enough!":
16 The grave,
00 The barren womb,
00 The earth that is not satisfied with water--
00 And the fire never says, "Enough!"

17 The eye that mocks his father,
00 And scorns obedience to his mother,
00 The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
00 And the young eagles will eat it.

18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
00 Yes, four which I do not understand:
19 The way of an eagle in the air,
00 The way of a serpent on a rock,
00 The way of a ship in the midst of the sea,
00 And the way of a man with a virgin.

20 This is the way of an adulterous woman:
00 She eats and wipes her mouth,
00 And says, "I have done no wickedness."

21 For three things the earth is perturbed,
00 Yes, for four it cannot bear up:
22 For a servant when he reigns,
00 A fool when he is filled with food,
23 A hateful woman when she is married,
00 And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.

24 There are four things which are little on the earth,
00 But they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong,
00 Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk,
00 Yet they make their homes in the crags;
27 The locusts have no king,
00 Yet they all advance in ranks;
28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,
00 And it is in kings' palaces.

29 There are three things which are majestic in pace,
00 Yes, four which are stately in walk:
30 A lion, which is mighty among beasts
00 And does not turn away from any;
31 A greyhound,
00 A male goat also,
00 And a king whose troops are with him.

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
00 Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.
33 For as the churning of milk produces butter,
00 And wringing the nose produces blood,
00 So the forcing of wrath produces strife.

The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.

Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.

One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.

We the people are to blame, because we ignored God';s guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full wisdom in power, we instead chose those who would scratch our itchy ears to lead us.

Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is to know which Proverb to read. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.

TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: bible; christ; god; proverbs
It's so easy to forget one's place, when you are blessed with plenty, or when you are struggling to make ends meet.

We always hear about the evils of the rich, and while I do not wish to make the rich seem blameless of sin, it is the poor who commit the vast majority of crimes in today's world.

It's just that with more money, your sins effect a lot more people. Compare how vast and destructive the sins committed by wealthy men like George Soros, compared to the destruction and reach of one's sin who is poor.

Sin is sin, and while there are some sins that can do more harm than others, and there are sins that can be harder to overcome than others, God Himself does not distinguish one from the other.

After all, the best definition of sin, is anything that falls short of the perfection of God. That's why even the most innocent pious person who has ever lived, still needs the blood of Christ to cleanse them of their imperfection, or sin.

That is why Proverbs 30:7-9 are a few of the most repeated verses in my personal prayers to God.

07 Two things I request of You
00 (Deprive me not before I die):
08 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
00 Give me neither poverty nor riches--
00 Feed me with the food allotted to me;
09 Lest I be full and deny You,
00 And say, "Who is the LORD?"
00 Or lest I be poor and steal,
00 And profane the name of my God.

1 posted on 03/30/2014 10:02:43 AM PDT by OneVike
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2 posted on 03/30/2014 10:03:23 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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Proverbs, chapter 30


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1* The words of Agur, son of Jakeh the Massaite:

The pronouncement of mortal man: “I am weary, O God;

I am weary, O God, and I am exhausted.

2I am more brute than human being,

without even human intelligence;

3* Neither have I learned wisdom,

nor have I the knowledge of the Holy One.

4Who has gone up to heaven and come down again—

who has cupped the wind in the hollow of the hand?

Who has bound up the waters in a cloak—

who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is that person’s name, or the name of his son?”*


5* Every word of God is tested;a

he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

6Add nothing to his words,b

lest he reprimand you, and you be proved a liar.

7* Two things I ask of you,

do not deny them to me before I die:

8Put falsehood and lying far from me,

give me neither poverty nor riches;

provide me only with the food I need;

9Lest, being full, I deny you,

saying, “Who is the LORD?”

Or, being in want, I steal,

and profane the name of my God.

10Do not criticize servants to their master,

lest they curse you, and you have to pay the penalty.

11* There are some who curse their fathers,

and do not bless their mothers.c

12There are some pure in their own eyes,

yet not cleansed of their filth.

13There are some—how haughty their eyes!

how overbearing their glance!

14There are some—their teeth are swords,

their teeth are knives,

Devouring the needy from the earth,

and the poor from the human race.

15* The leech has two daughters:

“Give,” and “Give.”

Three things never get their fill,

four never say, “Enough!”

16Sheol, a barren womb,d

land that never gets its fill of water,

and fire, which never says, “Enough!”

17The eye that mocks a father,

or scorns the homage due a mother,

Will be plucked out by brook ravens;

devoured by a brood of vultures.

18* Three things are too wonderful for me,

yes, four I cannot understand:

19The way of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a serpent upon a rock,

The way of a ship on the high seas,

and the way of a man with a woman.

20This is the way of an adulterous woman:

she eats, wipes her mouth,

and says, “I have done no wrong.”*

21* Under three things the earth trembles,

yes, under four it cannot bear up:

22Under a slave who becomes king,

and a fool who is glutted with food;e

23Under an unloved woman who is wed,

and a maidservant who displaces her mistress.

24* Four things are among the smallest on the earth,

and yet are exceedingly wise:

25Ants—a species not strong,

yet they store up their food in the summer;

26Badgers—a species not mighty,

yet they make their home in the crags;

27Locusts—they have no king,

yet they march forth in formation;

28Lizards—you can catch them with your hands,

yet they find their way into kings’ palaces.

29* Three things are stately in their stride,

yes, four are stately in their carriage:

30The lion, mightiest of beasts,

retreats before nothing;

31The strutting cock, and the he-goat,

and the king at the head of his people.

32* If you have foolishly been proud

or presumptuous—put your hand on your mouth;

33For as the churning of milk produces curds,

and the pressing of the nose produces blood,

the churning of anger produces strife.

* [30:16] Scholars are divided on the original literary unit. Is it vv. 13, 14, 15, or 16? The unit is probably vv. 16, for a single contrast dominates: human fragility (and ignorance) and divine power (and knowledge). A similar contrast is found in Jb 28; Ps 73; Is 49:14. The language of self-abasement is hyperbolic; cf. 2 Sm 9:8; Ps 73:2122; Jb 25:46. Agur: an unknown person. Massaite: from Massa in northern Arabia, elsewhere referred to as an encampment of the Ishmaelites (Gn 25:14). But Heb. massa may not be intended as a place name; it might signify “an oracle,” “a prophecy,” as in Is 15:1; 17:1; etc.

* [30:34] Agur denies he has secret heavenly knowledge. The purpose of the denial is to underline that God directly gives wisdom to those whose conduct pleases him.

* [30:4] The Hebrew text has the phrase “do you know?” at the end of v. 4, which is supported by the versions. The phrase, however, does not appear in the important Greek manuscripts Vaticanus and Sinaiticus and spoils the sense, for Agur, not God, is the questioner. The phrase seems to be an addition to the Hebrew text, borrowed from Job 38:5, where it also follows a cosmic question.

* [30:56] Verse 5, like the confession of the king in Ps 18:31 (and its parallel, 2 Sm 22:31), expresses total confidence in the one who rescues from death. Agur has refused a word from any other except God and makes an act of trust in God.

* [30:79] A prayer against lying words and for sufficiency of goods, lest reaction to riches or destitution lead to offenses against God.

* [30:1114] Perverted people are here classified as unfilial (v. 11), self-righteous (v. 12), proud (v. 13) and rapacious (v. 14).

* [30:1516] Here begins a series of numerical sayings; the pattern is n, n + 1. The slight variation in number (two and three, three and four) is an example of parallelism applied to numbers. The poetic technique is attested even outside the Bible. Two daughters: “Give,” and “Give”: the text is obscure; as the leech (a bloodsucking worm) is insatiable in its desire for blood (v. 15), so are the nether world for victims, the barren womb for offspring, the earth for water, and fire for fuel (v. 16). Sheol: here not so much the place of the dead as a force (death) that eventually draws all the living into it; cf. 27:20; Is 5:14; Hb 2:5. Land…fire: land (especially the dry land of Palestine) always absorbs more water; fire always requires more fuel.

* [30:1819] The soaring flight of the eagle, the mysterious movement upon a rock of the serpent which has no feet, the path of the ship through the trackless deep, and the marvelous attraction between the sexes; there is a mysterious way common to them all.

* [30:20] This verse portrays the indifference of an adulterous woman who casually dismisses her guilt because it cannot be traced.

* [30:2123] Shaking heavens are part of general cosmic upheaval in Is 14:16; Jl 2:10; Am 8:8; Jb 9:6. Disturbances in nature mirror the disturbance of unworthy people attaining what they do not deserve. Glutted with food: someone unworthy ends up with the fulfillment that befits a wise person. Unloved woman: an older woman who, contrary to expectation, finds a husband.

* [30:2428] The creatures may be small, but they are wise in knowing how to govern themselves—the definition of wisdom. Badgers: the rock badger is able to live on rocky heights that provide security from its enemies. Locusts: though vulnerable individually their huge swarms are impossible to deflect.

* [30:2931] Four beings with an imperiousness visible in their walk. Only the lion is described in detail; the reader is expected to transpose its qualities to the others.

* [30:3233] The same Hebrew verb, “to churn, shake,” is applied to milk, the nose (sometimes a symbol of anger), and wrath. In each case something is eventually produced by the constant agitation. The wise make peace and avoid strife, for strife eventually harms those who provoke it.

a. [30:5] Ps 12:7; 18:31.

b. [30:6] Dt 4:2; 13:1.

c. [30:11] Prv 20:20.

d. [30:16] Prv 27:20.

e. [30:22] Prv 19:10; Eccl 10:67.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 12:10:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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