Proverbs Challenge – Chapter 30

The Wisdom of Agur

30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:

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

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

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

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

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

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

15 The leech has two daughters—
Give and Give!

There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four never say, “Enough!”:
16 Thec]”>[c] grave,
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water—
And the fire never says, “Enough!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 30:5 tested, refined, found pure
  2. Proverbs 30:13 In arrogance
  3. Proverbs 30:16 Or Sheol
  4. Proverbs 30:19 Lit. heart
  5. Proverbs 30:23 Or hated
  6. Proverbs 30:26 rock hyraxes
  7. Proverbs 30:28 Or lizard
  8. Proverbs 30:31 Or perhaps strutting rooster, lit. girded of waist
  9. Proverbs 30:31 A Jewish tradition a king against whom there is no uprising

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  1. ADEOSUN OLUGBEMI OLAGOKE

    Proverbs 30
    This is a very rich Bible chapter as comprising ,similes and metaphor is been use there,from vs 1 to 3 gives us the character of a man call Agur,from vs 4 to 6 which are exhaltation to the word will and way of God.vs 7 to 9 dissect a need to cry to God for contentments and prosperity and a need not to cry for wealth that may mislead us.
    Vs 11 to 14 talks about 4 generation that we may encounter or that all of us may be group into.
    Vs 15 to 17 talks about four things that are never satisfied like the grave,barren womb,the earth,and also fire.in vs 17 we must obey our parents and must not defied not listens to them.
    Vs 18 to 19 talks about four wonderful things that are not open to any one such as way of eagle or bird,serpent,ship and Aman with a girl and these are liking to the path of adulterous person.
    Vs 21 to 23 highlights four things the earth can not bear like servant reigneth, a fool when he has all to eat,hated woman when she get married,a house girl becoming mistress in that same house.
    Vs 24 to 28 four things small but very wise like ant preparing food in summer,conies are weak but build house in rocks,locust have no ruler but they use unity as weapon, Spider can be killed by anyone and they find are find in kings palace.
    Vs 29 to 31 boldness of some set of animals like lion,greyhound, kings.forcing anger bring forth fights

  2. Odogun Oluwaseun Morrison

    I learnt quiet a few in chapter 30 and in Verses 11 to 14, it describes four different kinds of wickedness that all have pride in common. The first type of person isn’t respectful to his parents and violates the command of God to honor one’s father and mother. The second type of person is so blinded by pride and arrogance that he cannot see the reality of his filthiness and sin. The third type looks down on others and exalts himself. He doesn’t bow before God but scoffs at Him and mocks Him. The look of his eyes with the raised eyelids speaks of elitism, condescension, and extreme arrogance. The fourth type is a person who will do anything and everything by word and deed to steal, kill, and destroy for his own gain. He would just assume see the “worthless eaters” be gone off the earth so that he can have more to himself. He has no compassion for the poor and weak, for he is full of pride, arrogance, and haughtiness. Pride manifests in different ways, but it is fundamental to all sin

  3. Akinsehinwa Queen

    This chapter made me remember some people that are not rich because of what they wished for. Have heard people say God if am gonna be rich and deny you then dont give me riches but God is not dead. The reason why some people are still humble is because they are not rich. May God help us.
    Verse 11-14 states some generations so which one do we belong.
    This chapter summarises that our behaviour s who we are, so is it to be wicked or righteous, to be humble and just. May the lord help us all.

  4. Imion immaculate osereme

    In verses 5 and 6), this moves from the uncertainty of human speculation to the certainty of divine revelation.
    In John 1:1-3 we read. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “The same was in the beginning with God.” “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
    In Ephesians 6:16 we read: “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
    Our shield is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
    This is a powerful statement on the inspired nature of God’s canonical Word to Israel. To add to God’s Word is to deny God as the standard of truth.
    We are warned in the last book of Revelation not to add or take away from the Bible. Every man is a liar, but the Word of God is Truth.
    Proverbs 30:7-8 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:”
    The prayer of a true wisdom seeker. He seeks from the Lord honesty in heart and sufficiency in Him (away from the dangers posed by the extremes of poverty or wealth). If he has too much, he could cease depending on God, and if he has too little, he could be tempted to be as the sluggard.
    This seems to be a prayer to God asking only 2 things for the rest of his life. Vanity and lies are one. He asked to not lie and be vain, and that he not be overcome by wealth and poverty. That he might be satisfied with whatever food the Lord provides.
    This should certainly be our prayer, as well. Most sin comes because of vanity and lies and because of greed.May God help us to walk in his ways and not our own. Amen

  5. Imion Angela Ofure

    Proverbs 30:2-3, This could be Solomon speaking, because it appears from this that the more he learned of God, the more aware he became of how little he knew. You do not learn wisdom. Wisdom is a gift from God. I think (verses 2 and 3 above), is a sudden realization that no man truly knows God.
    This is a statement of humility and recognition of the reality that, apart from divine revelation, there would be no true wisdom at all. This is illustrated in the pursuits of Job (Job 3:3-26), and Solomon (Eccl. 3:1-15).
    In verse 2, he is saying that he is no more than a brutish beast in understanding. Only the very wise realize how little they know. This makes me think even more that this is Solomon speaking. No one except God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have knowledge of the holy.
    Agur knew that he could not gain wisdom through human searching alone. Understanding is here associated with the holiness of God.
    Proverbs 30:4, These questions can be answered only by revelation from God. A man can know the “what” about creative wisdom through observation of the physical world and its inner workings, but cannot know the “who.” The “who” can be known only when God reveals Himself, which He has in Scripture. This is the testimony and conclusion of Job (Job 42:1-6), Solomon (Eccl. 12:1-14), Isaiah (Isaiah 40:12-17; 46:8-11; 66:18-19), and Paul (Rom.8:18-39).
    The answer of course, is Almighty God, but I believe this is saying what mere man can know Him. For sure, someone bigger than you and I. Someone that mere man can only speculate about. If we were to think of all the names in the Bible for God and could accumulate them into one name, that would be the name of the personality that created all of this. This would be the unspeakable name of God. We know that power will be given in it, over it, and under it; and that at the name of Jesus all will bow.
    This is a good verse to use when witnessing to Jews.

  6. Adefuwa Adedokunola E

    Every word of God is pure;
    He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
    Do not add to His words,
    Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
    Every word of God is pure: Agur valued and explained the purity of God’s word. It is all good and all helpful, being completely pure. Because it is pure it can and should be trusted.

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