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.
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?
5 Euery word of God is pure: he is a shield vnto them that put their trust in him.
6 Adde thou not vnto his words, lest he reproue thee, and thou be found a lyar.
7 Two things haue I required of thee, deny me them not before I die.
8 Remoue farre from mee vanity, and lyes; giue me neither pouerty, nor riches, feede me with food conuenient for me.
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.
10 Accuse not a seruant vnto his master; lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
25 The Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meate in the summer.
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.
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.
32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting vp thy selfe, or if thou hast thought euill, lay thine hand vpon thy mouth.
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.