Proverbs 30: 1-17, Every Word of God is Tested


1The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle.

The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:

2Surely I am more stupid than any man,

And I do not have the understanding of a man.

3Neither have I learned wisdom,

Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.

4Who has ascended into heaven and descended?

Who has gathered the wind in His fists?

Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?

Who has established all the ends of the earth?

What is His name or His son’s name?

Surely you know!

5Every word of God is tested;

He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

6Do not add to His words

Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

7Two things I asked of You,

Do not refuse me before I die:

8Keep deception and lies far from me,

Give me neither poverty nor riches;

Feed me with the food that is my portion,

9That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”

Or that I not be in want and steal,

And profane the name of my God.

10Do not slander a slave to his master,

Or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.

11There is a kind of man who curses his father

And does not bless his mother.

12There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes,

Yet is not washed from his filthiness.

13There is a kind-oh how lofty are his eyes!

And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.

14There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords

And his jaw teeth like knives,

To devour the afflicted from the earth

And the needy from among men.

15The leech has two daughters,

“Give,” “Give.”

There are three things that will not be satisfied,

Four that will not say, “Enough”:

16Sheol, and the barren womb,

Earth that is never satisfied with water,

And fire that never says, “Enough.”

17The eye that mocks a father

And scorns a mother,

The ravens of the valley will pick it out,

And the young eagles will eat it.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What does it mean that four things will not say enough?