The Bible in Its Traditions

Proverbs 30:1–14

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The words of Agur the son of Jakeh; the burden. The man saith unto Ithiel, unto Ithiel and Ucal

These things says the man to them that trust in God; and I cease.

The words of the Gatherer, the son of the Vomiter. The vision that the man spoke. God is with him, and he, being strengthened by God and abiding with him, said

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Surely I am brutish, unlike a man, and have not the understanding of a man;

For I am the most simple of all men, and there is not in me the wisdom of men.

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And I have not learned wisdom, that I should have the knowledge of the Holy One.

God has taught me wisdom, and I know the knowledge of the holy.

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Who hath ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in his garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou knowest?

Who has gone up to heaven, and come down? who has gathered the winds in his bosom? who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? who has dominion of all the ends of the earth? what is his name? or what is the name of his children?

Tell me, Who has ascended up into heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a handkerchief? Who has established all the borders of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell?

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Every word of God is tried; He is a shield unto them that take refuge in Him.

For all the words of God are tried in the fire, and he defends those that reverence him.

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Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Do not add anything to his words, lest you be reproved and be discovered to be a liar.

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Two things have I asked of Thee; deny me them not before I die

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Remove far from me falsehood and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with mine allotted bread;

Remove far from me vanity and falsehood: and give me not wealth or poverty; but appoint me what is needful and sufficient

Remove, far from me, vanity and lying words. Give me neither begging, nor wealth. Apportion to me only the necessities of my life,

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Lest I be full, and deny, and say: 'Who is YHWH?' Or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God.

lest perhaps, being filled, I might be enticed into denial, and say: ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or, being compelled by destitution, I might steal, and then perjure myself in the name of my God.

10  Slander not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

10  Do not accuse a servant to his lord, lest he curse you, and you fall.

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11  There is a generation that curse their father, and do not bless their mother.

11  A wicked generation curse their father, and do not bless their mother.

12  There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness.

12  A wicked generation judge themselves to be just, but do not cleanse their way.

13  There is a generation, Oh how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

13  A wicked generation have lofty eyes, and exalt themselves with their eyelids.

14  There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their great teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

14  A wicked generation have swords for teeth and jaw-teeth as knives, so as to destroy and devour the lowly from the earth, and the poor of them from among men.