1 The words of Agur, son of Jakeh, even the oracle, - The utterance of the man, for Ithiel, for Ithiel and Ucal.
2 Surely, more brutish, am, I, than any man, nor doth, the understanding of a son of earth, pertain to me; 3 Neither have I learned wisdom, nor, the knowledge of the Holy Ones, can I acquire. 4 Who hath ascended the heavens and then descended? Who hath gathered the wind into his two hands? Who hath wrapped up the waters in a mantle? Who hath set up all the ends of the earth? What is his name and what the name of his son, when thou knowest? 5 Every saying of God is refined, A shield, is, he, to them who seek refuge in him. 6 Do not add unto his words, lest he convict thee, and thou be found false.
7 Two things, have I asked of thee, withhold them not from me, ere yet I die: 8 Vanity and falsehood, remove far from me, Neither poverty nor riches, give me, Feed me with the food appointed me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny, and say - Who is Yahweh? or lest I be impoverished and steal, and do violence to the Name of my God.
11 A generation! Its father, it revileth, and, its mother, it doth not bless. 12 A generation! Pure in its own eyes, yet, from its filth, hath it not been bathed, 13 A generation! How lofty are its eyes, and its eyelashes uplifted. 14 A generation! Swords, are its teeth, and, knives, its incisors, - to devour the humbled out of the earth, and the needy, from among men.
15 The vampire, hath two daughters, Give! Give! Three, there are will not be satisfied, four, have not said, Enough! 16 Hades, and barrenness, - A land not satisfied with water, and fire, that saith not, Enough!
17 The eye that mocketh a father, and despiseth to obey a mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young of the eagle shall eat it.
18 Three, things there are, too difficult for me, yea, four, which I do not understand: 19 The way of an eagle in the heavens, the way of a serpent on the rock, - the way of a ship in the heart of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid.
20 So, is the way of a woman committing adultery, - she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no iniquity!
21 Under three things, a land is stirred, yea, under four, she cannot bear up: 22 Under a servant, when he reigneth, and a base man, when he is surfeited with food; 23 Under a hateful woman, when she is married, and a handmaid when she driveth out her mistress.
24 Four, things there are, the small of the earth, - yet, they, are wiser than the wise: 25 The ants, a people, not strong, - yet prepare they, in summer, their food; 26 The conies, a people of, no power, yet set they, among the crags, their house; 27 King, is there none, to, the locusts, - yet go forth in swarms, do they all; 28 The lizard, with hands, reneweth its hold, - yet, the same, is in the palaces of the king.
29 Three, things there are which step along well, ye, four, which excel in going: 30 The lion, hero among beasts, which turneth aside from the face of no one; 31 The greyhound, or the he-goat, - and a king, having a band of soldiers with him.
32 If thou hast acted basely by lifting thyself up, - if thou hast plotted evil, put thy hand to thy mouth!