Amplified Bible

Proverbs 30

The Words of Agur

1The words of [a]Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle:

The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal:


Surely [b]I am more brutish and stupid than any man,
And I do not have the understanding of a man [for I do not know what I do not know].

I have not learned [skillful and godly] wisdom,
Nor do I have knowledge of the Holy One [who is the source of wisdom].

Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name?
Certainly you know!


Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver];
He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.

Do not add to His words,
Or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar.


Two things I have asked of You;
Do not deny them to me before I die:

Keep deception and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion,

So that I will not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or that I will not be poor and steal,
And so profane the name of my God.

10 
Do not slander or malign a servant before his master [stay out of another’s personal life],
Or he will curse you [for your interference], and you will be found guilty.

11 
There is a generation (class of people) that curses its father
And does not bless its mother.
12 
There is a generation (class of people) that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13 
There is a generation (class of people)—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are raised in arrogance.
14 
There is a generation (class of people) whose teeth are like swords
And whose jaw teeth are like knives,
To devour the afflicted from the earth
And the needy from among men.

15 
The leech has two daughters,
“Give, give!”
There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four that do not say, “It is enough”:
16 
[c]Sheol, and the barren womb,
Earth that is never satisfied with water,
And fire that never says, “It is enough.”
17 
The eye that mocks a father
And scorns a mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young vultures will devour it.

18 
There are three things which are too astounding and unexpectedly wonderful for me,
Four which I do not understand:
19 
The way of an eagle in the air,
The way of a serpent on a rock,
The way of a ship in the middle of the sea,
And the way of a man with a maid.
20 
This is the way of an adulterous woman:
She eats and wipes her mouth
And says, “I have done no wrong.”

21 
Under three things the earth is disquieted and quakes,
And under four it cannot bear up:
22 
Under a servant when he reigns,
Under a [spiritually blind] fool when he is filled with food,
23 
Under an unloved woman when she gets married,
And under a maidservant when she supplants her mistress.

24 
There are four things that are small on the earth,
But they are exceedingly wise:
25 
The ants are not a strong people,
Yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 
The [d]shephanim are not a mighty folk,
Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27 
The locusts have no king,
Yet all of them go out in groups;
28 
You may grasp the lizard with your hands,
Yet it is in kings’ palaces.

29 
There are three things which are stately in step,
Even four which are stately in their stride:
30 
The lion, which is mighty among beasts
And does not turn back before any;
31 
The [e]strutting rooster, the male goat also,
And the king when his army is with him.

32 
If you have foolishly exalted yourself,
Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
33 
Surely the churning of milk produces butter,
And wringing the nose produces blood;
So the churning of anger produces strife.

Notas al pie

  1. Proverbs 30:1 The identity of Agur, author of this chapter, is uncertain.
  2. Proverbs 30:2 This may be viewed as either a sarcastic response to an unknown critic, or simply the sincere reflections of a humble man.
  3. Proverbs 30:16 Hades, the nether world, the place of the dead.
  4. Proverbs 30:26 Small, shy, furry animals, (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and in the region around the Dead Sea; kjv coney, orig NASB badgers.
  5. Proverbs 30:31 Lit girt in the loins. The meaning of the Hebrew is unclear. Other translations propose greyhound.

Japanese Living Bible

箴言 知恵の泉 30

アグルのことば

1次に挙げるのは、マサの人(アラビヤ半島の中央部以東に住む、イシュマエルの子孫)でヤケの子アグルが、イティエルとウカルに教えたことです。

私は疲れ果て、今にも死にそうです。
そのうえ、人間の資格さえないような愚か者です。
神はもとより、
人間というものがわかりません。
それがわかるのは神だけです。
神のほかにだれが、
天と地の間を上り下りしたでしょう。
だれが風や海を思いのまま造り、治めているでしょう。
神のほかにだれが、世界を造ったというのでしょう。
いるとしたら、どこのだれで、
子どもは何という名前ですか。
神のことばはすべて真実で、
神は頼ってくる者をみな守ってくださいます。
だから、神の言うことに何かを付け加えて、
うそをついたと言われないようにしなさい。
ああ、神よ。最後の二つの願いを聞いてください。
私が決してうそをつきませんように。
それから、私を特に貧乏にも金持ちにもせず、
ただ生きるのにどうしても必要なものだけを
与えてください。
ぜいたくに慣れすぎて主を忘れたり、
貧しさのあまり盗みを働いて
神の名を汚したりしたくないのです。

10 主人にしもべの悪口を言ってはいけません。
そんなことをすれば恨まれるだけです。
11-12 親をのろい、悪いことばかりしているくせに、
自分は少しも欠点がないとすましている者がいます。
13-14 彼らは自分のことを鼻にかけ、
人を人とも思いません。
貧しい人を陥れようと、
いつも歯を研ぎすましているのです。
15-16 蛭のようにしつこく、
いつまでも満足しないものが二つ、三つ、
いいえ四つあります。
地獄、不妊の胎、乾ききった荒野、それに火です。
17 父親をあざけり、母親を軽蔑するような者は、
からすに目をほじくられ、はげたかの餌になるのです。
18-19 どんなに考えてもわからないことが三つ、
いいえ四つあります。
どのようにしてわしは大空を飛び、
どのようにして蛇は岩の上をはい、
どのようにして船は海を横切る道を見つけ、
どのようにして若い二人の間に
愛情が芽生えるのでしょう。
20 わからないことがもう一つあります。
どうして悪い女は、悪いことをしながら厚かましく、
「いったい、どこがいけないの」と言えるのでしょう。
21-23 地も震えるほどいやなことが三つ、
いいえ四つあります。
奴隷が王になり、反逆者が成功し、
きらわれた女が結婚し、
女中が女主人に取って代わることです。
24-28 体は小さくても、
頭の良さでは何にも負けないものが四つあります。
力はなくても、冬の食糧を集める蟻、
弱くても、岩の間に住んで身を守る岩だぬき、
指導者がなくても、いっしょに行動するいなご、
簡単に捕まるけれど、王宮にでも住みつくやもりです。
29-31 地上に堂々としたものが三つ、いいえ四つあります。
怖いもののない百獣の王ライオン、
くじゃく、雄やぎ、軍隊を指揮する王です。
32 得意になって悪いことをするのは愚か者です。
少しは恥ずかしいと思うべきです。
33 クリームをかきまぜるとバターができ、
鼻をなぐられると血が出るように、
人を怒らせると争いが起きます。