1 The words of Agur, son of Jakeh: the lifting up: the declaration of the man to Ithiel; to Ithiel and Ucal:
2 For I am brutish more than man, and not the understanding of a man to me. 3 I learnt not wisdom, and I shall not know the knowledge of the holy. 4 Who went up to the heavens, and came down? who gathered the wind in his fists? who bound the waters in a garment? who set up all the ends of the earth? what his name and what his son's name, if thou shalt know? 5 All the word of God is purified: he a shield to those trusting in him. 6 Thou shalt not add to his words lest he reprove in thee, and thou wert false.
7 Two things I asked from thee, thou wilt not withhold from me before I shall die: 8 Vanity and the word of falsehood remove far from me; thou wilt not give to me poverty and riches; feed me with bread of my allowance: 9 Lest I shall be filled and I spake lies, and said, Who is Jehovah? and lest I shall be dispossessed and I stole, and I laid hold upon the name of God.
10 Thou shalt not slander the servant to his lord lest he shall curse thee, and thou wert guilty.
11 A generation will curse its father, and will not bless its mother. 12 A generation pure in its eyes, and not washed from its finding. 13 A generation, how its eyes were raised up and its eyelashes will be lifted up. 14 A generation, its teeth swords, and its biter's teeth, knives, to devour the poor from the land, and the needy from man.
15 To the leech two daughters: Give, give. Behold, three shall not satisfied; four shall not say, Wealth: 16 Hades; and the closed womb; the earth not filled with water; and fire said not, Wealth.
17 The eye shall mock to his father, and despise to obey the mother, the ravens of the valley shall bore it out and the sons of the eagle shall eat it
18 They three were wonderful above me; and four, I knew them not: 19 The way of the eagle in the heavens; the way of the serpent upon the rock; the way of the ship in the heart of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
20 So the way of a woman committing adultery; eating and wiping her mouth, and saying, I transgressed not
21 For three the earth was moved, and for four, which it shall not be able to lift up: 22 For a servant when he shall reign; and the foolish one when he shall be filled with bread; 23 For a hated woman when she shall be married and a maid when she shall inherit to her mistress.
24 They four the small of the earth, and they are wise, being made wise: 25 The ants a people not strong, and they will prepare their bread in the summer; 26 The rabbits a people not strong, and they will set their house in the rock; 27 To the locust no king, and it will go forth divided all of them; 28 The lizard will take hold with their hands, and it is in the temples of the king.
29 They three making good the step, and four, making good to go: 30 The lion strong among cattle, and he will not turn back from the face of all; 31 One girded in loins, or a he goat; and a king, no rising up with him.