Chapter 5

    The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the prophecy the man spoke unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal:

  1. Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom nor have the knowledge of the holy. Who has ascended up 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 can tell?
  2. Every word of God is pure. He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add not unto his words, lest he reprove you and you be found a liar.
  3. Two things have I required of you, do not deny me them before I die: remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food suitable for me, lest I be full and deny you, and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
  4. Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse you and you be found guilty.
  5. There is a generation that curses their father and does not bless their mother; there is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness; there is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes, and their eyelids are lifted up; there is a generation whose swords are as teeth, and their knives as molars, to devour the poor from off the earth and the needy from among men!
  6. The horse leech has two daughters, crying, Give, give!
  7. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: the grave, and the barren womb, the earth that is not filled with water, and the fire say not, It is enough.
  8. 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.
  9. There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: the way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid.
  10. Such is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.
  11. For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: for a servant when he reigns, and a fool when he is filled with food, for an odious woman when she is married, and a handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
  12. There are four things which are little upon the earth but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer; the conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks; the locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands; the spider takes hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.
  13. There are three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: a lion, which is strongest among beasts and turns not away for any; a greyhound; a he-goat also; and a king against whom there is no rising up.
  14. If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth. Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood; so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife.