1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the prophecy: The man spoke to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal, saying,
2 Surely I [am more] like an animal than any man, and do not have the understanding of a man.
3 I have not learned wisdom, nor the knowledge of the holy.
4 Who has gone up [to] Heaven and has come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in [His] garments? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is] His name, and what [is] His Son's name? Surely you know.
5 Every word of God [is] pure; He [is] a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6 Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.
7 I have asked two things from You; do not deny them before I die;
8 remove far from me vanity and a lying word; give me neither poverty or riches; tear for me my portion of bread,
9 lest I be full and deceive, and say, Who [is] the LORD? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and violate the name of my God.
10 Do not accuse a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
11 [There is] a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother.
12 [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their own filth.
13 [There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 [There is] a generation whose teeth are like swords, and their jaw teeth like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from [among] men.
15 The leech [has] two daughters, [crying], Give, give! Three things are never satisfied, yea, four things never say, Enough!
16 The grave; and the barren womb, the earth not filled [with] water, and the fire, have not said, Enough.
17 The eye [that] mocks at [his] father and despises to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 Three [things are] too wonderful for me, yea, four which I do not know:
19 the way of an eagle in the air; the way of a snake on a rock; the way of a ship in the middle of the sea; and the way of a man with a maiden.
20 Such [is] the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no evil.
21 Under three [things] the earth quakes, and under four it is not able to bear up:
22 for a servant when he reigns; and a fool when he is filled with food;
23 for a hateful woman when she is married; and a servant girl that is heir to her mistress.
24 Four [things 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 rock-badgers [are] not a mighty people, yet they make their houses in the rock;
27 the locusts have no king, yet they go forth by bands, all of them;
28 you can take the lizard with the hands, yet it [is] in king's palaces.
29 There [are] three [things] which go well in a march, yea, four that go well in walking:
30 a lion [is] mighty among beasts and does not turn away for any;
31 one girded in the loins; and a he-goat; and a king [when his] army [is] with him.
32 If you have done foolishly in lifting yourself up, or if you have thought evil, [lay your] hand on your mouth.
33 Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth fighting.