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Proverbs Chapter 30  (Original 1611 KJV Bible)


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1 Agurs confession of his faith. 7 The two points of his prayer. 10 The meanest are not to bee wronged. 11 Foure wicked generations. 15 Foure things insatiable. 17 Parents are not to bee despised. 18 Foure things hard to be knowen, 21 Foure things vntollerable. 24 Foure things exceeding wise. 29 Foure things stately. 32 Wrath is to bee preuented.

Gods word pure.

1 The words of Agur the sonne of Iakeh, euen the prophecy: The man spake vnto Ithiel, euen vnto Ithiel and Ucal.

2 Surely I am more brutish then any man, and haue not the vnderstanding of a man.

3 I neither learned wisedome, nor haue the knowledge of the holy.3

4 Who hath ascended vp into heauen, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his sonnes name, if thou canst tell?4

5 Euery word of God is pure: he is a shield vnto them that put their trust in him.5

6 Adde thou not vnto his words, lest he reproue thee, and thou be found a lyar.6

7 Two things haue I required of thee, deny me them not before I die.7

8 Remoue farre from mee vanity, and lyes; giue me neither pouerty, nor riches, feede me with food conuenient for me.8

9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poore, and steale, and take the name of my God in vaine.9

10 Accuse not a seruant vnto his master; lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.10

11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not blesse their mother.

12 There is a generation that are pure in their owne eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthinesse.

13 There is a generation, O howe lofty are their eyes! and their eye-lids are lifted vp.13

14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their iaw-teeth as kniues, to deuoure the poore from off the earth, and the needy from among men.14

Things vnsatiable.

15 The horse-leach hath two daughters, crying, Giue, giue. There are three things that are neuer satisfied, yea foure things say not, It is enough:15

16 The graue; and the barren wombe; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother; the rauens of the valley shall picke it out, and the young Eagles shall eate it.17

18 There be three things which are too wonderfull for me; yea foure, which I know not:

19 The way of an Eagle in the ayre; the way of a serpent vpon a rocke; the the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.19

20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman: she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I haue done no wickednesse.

21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for foure which it cannot beare:

22 For a seruant when he reigneth, and a foole when hee is filled with meate:22

23 For an odious woman when shee is married, and an handmayd that is heire to her mistresse.

24 There be foure things which are little vpon the earth; but they are exceeding wise:24

25 The Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meate in the summer.25

26 The conies are but a feeble folke, yet make they their houses in the rocks

27 The locustes haue no king, yet goe they forth all of them by bands.27

28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.

29 There be three things which goe well, yea foure are comely in going:

30 A lyon which is strongest among beastes, and turneth not away for any:

31 A gray-hound; an hee-goate also; and a king, against whom there is no rising vp.31

32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting vp thy selfe, or if thou hast thought euill, lay thine hand vpon thy mouth.32

33 Surely the churning of milke bringeth forth butter; and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

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View Wesley's Notes for Proverbs Chapter 30

30:1 Jakeh - Who lived either in Solomon's time, or rather afterwards, and was famous in his generation for wisdom and piety. The prophecy - The prophetical instruction; for as the prophets were public preachers as well as foretellers of things to come, so their sermons, no less than their predictions, are commonly called their prophecies. And Ucal - Two friends and co - temporaries of Agur, who desired his instructions.

30:2 Surely - This he utters from a modest and humble apprehension of his own ignorance.

30:3 I neither learned - I have not been taught in the schools of wisdom. Of the holy - Of the holy prophets. I have not such Divine inspirations as prophets strictly so called have received.

30:4 Who - What mere man? None at all. Ascended - To learn the mind of God who dwells there. Descended - To teach men below what he had learned above. No man can fully know and teach us these things unless he hath been in heaven, and sent down from thence to the earth for that end. In his fists - To hold them in, or let them out at his pleasure? And none but he who made and governs all creatures, can know and teach these things. The waters - Those above the clouds, and those below, the sea which God keeps as it were within doors, and the water which he shuts up in the bowels of the earth. The earth - The whole earth from one end to another, which God upholdeth in the air, by the word of his power. If - If thou thinkest there be any man who can do these things, produce his name; or if he be dead, the name of any of his posterity.

30:5 Pure - You must not expect the full knowledge of Divine mysteries from me, nor from any man, but from the word of God.

30:8 Vanity - All vanity of heart and life; a vain conversation, or a love of the vain things of this world. Lies - All falsehood and deceit in my words and carriage. Convenient - Moderate and suitable both to my natural necessities, and to that condition of life in which thou hast put me.

30:9 Deny thee - By trusting to riches, which is a denial of God, and by unthankfulness for, and abuse of his mercies. Who is the Lord - That I should serve him. Lest I take - Use false oaths either to vindicate myself when I am suspected, or to gratify others, as poor men frequently do.

30:10 Accuse not - Without sufficient cause: for otherwise, in some cases this may be a duty. Curse thee - Desire God to punish thee. Guilty - By God, who is ready to plead the cause of the afflicted.

30:11 A generation - A sort of men.

30:12 Not washed - Who imagine they are truly religious, when they live in a course of wickedness.

30:14 Devour - Extortioners, and cruel oppressors.

30:15 The horse - leach - An insatiable creature, sucking blood 'till it is ready to burst. Two daughters - The following things resemble the horse - leach in its insatiableness; nothing being more ordinary than to call those persons or things the sons or daughters of those whose examples they imitate. Three - Though he begins with two, yet he proceeds from thence to three, and four, all which are said to be the daughters of the horse - leach.

30:17 The eye - He that scorneth or derideth his parents, tho' it be but with a look or gesture, and much more when he breaks out into opprobrious words and actions.

30:18 Wonderful - The way whereof I cannot trace.

30:20 Such is - So secret and undiscernible. Eateth - The bread of deceit in secret.

30:21 Four - Which are intolerable in human societies.

30:22 A servant - For such an one is commonly ignorant, and therefore commits many errors; he is poor, and therefore insatiable, he is proud and imperious, and usually injurious and cruel. A fool - A conceited fool. When - When he abounds in wealth.

30:23 An odious - Proud, and perverse. Married - For then she displays all those ill humours, which before, she concealed. Is heir - Which great and sudden change transports her beside herself, and makes her insufferably proud and scornful.

30:27 Bands - Several companies, in exact order.

30:28 Hands - With her legs, which he calls hands, because they serve her for the same use, to do her work, to weave her web, and to catch gnats or flies. Palaces - Is not only in poor cottages, but many times in palaces also.

30:31 An he - goat - Which marches in the head of the flock in a grave and stately manner, conducting them with great courage and resolution, and being ready to fight for them, either with beasts or men that oppose him. A king - Heb. a king and his people with him, a king when he hath the hearts and hands of his people going along with him in his undertakings.

30:32 Thought - Designed any injury against thy neighbour. Lay thine hand - Do not open thy mouth to excuse it, but repent of it, and do so no more.

30:33 The forcing - The stirring up of wrath, either in a man's self towards others, by giving way to passion; or in others by reproaches, or any other provocations. Bringeth forth - Is the cause of many quarrels.


Proverbs Chapter 30 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):

3 Heb. know.
4 Iohn. 3. 13. iob.38. 4. psal.104.3 isa. 40.12.
5 Psal.12.7. and 18. 32. & 19. 8. & 119.140. , Heb. purified.
6 Deut.4.2. and 12. 32. apoc.21.19
7 Heb. withhold not from me.
8 Mat.6. 11. , Heb. of my allowance.
9 Deut. 32. 15. , Heb. belye thee.
10 Heb. hurt not with thy tongue.
13 Chap.6. 17.
14 Psal.52. 3. and 57.5. iob. 29.17.
15 Heb. wealth.
17 Or, the brooke.
19 Heb. heart.
22 Chap. 19. 10.
24 Heb. wise made wise.
25 Chap.6.7
27 Heb. gathered together.
31 Or, horse. Heb. girt in the loynes.
32 Iob.21.5. and 39. 37. &c. and 40. 4.

* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania


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