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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 30-31

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Proverbs 30:1
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Sayings of Agur

The sayings(a) of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man's utterance to Ithiel: "I am weary, God, but I can prevail.[a]
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Proverbs 30:2
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Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding.
Proverbs 30:3
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I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.(b)
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Proverbs 30:4
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Who has gone up(c) to heaven and come down? Whose hands(d) have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters(e) in a cloak?(f) Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name,(g) and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!
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Proverbs 30:5
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"Every word of God is flawless;(h) he is a shield(i) to those who take refuge in him.
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Proverbs 30:6
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Do not add(j) to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
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Proverbs 30:7
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"Two things I ask of you, Lord ; do not refuse me before I die:
Proverbs 30:8
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Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.(k)
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Proverbs 30:9
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Otherwise, I may have too much and disown(l) you and say, ‘Who is the Lord ?'(m) Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.(n)
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Proverbs 30:10
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"Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.
Proverbs 30:11
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"There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;(o)
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Proverbs 30:12
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those who are pure in their own eyes(p) and yet are not cleansed of their filth;(q)
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Proverbs 30:13
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those whose eyes are ever so haughty,(r) whose glances are so disdainful;
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Proverbs 30:14
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those whose teeth(s) are swords and whose jaws are set with knives(t) to devour(u) the poor(v) from the earth and the needy from among mankind.(w)
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Proverbs 30:15
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"The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!' they cry. "There are three things that are never satisfied,(x) four that never say, ‘Enough!':
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Proverbs 30:16
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the grave,(y) the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!'
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Proverbs 30:17
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"The eye that mocks(z) a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.(aa)
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Proverbs 30:18
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"There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand:
Proverbs 30:19
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the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman.
Proverbs 30:20
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"This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth and says, ‘I've done nothing wrong.'(ab)
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Proverbs 30:21
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"Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
Proverbs 30:22
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a servant who becomes king,(ac) a godless fool who gets plenty to eat,
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Proverbs 30:23
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a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.
Proverbs 30:24
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"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
Proverbs 30:25
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Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;(ad)
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Proverbs 30:26
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hyraxes(ae) are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;
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Proverbs 30:27
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locusts(af) have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;
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Proverbs 30:28
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a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces.
Proverbs 30:29
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"There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:
Proverbs 30:30
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a lion, mighty among beasts, who retreats before nothing;
Proverbs 30:31
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a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king secure against revolt.[b]
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Proverbs 30:32
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"If you play the fool and exalt yourself, or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth!(ag)
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Proverbs 30:33
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For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."
Proverbs 31:1
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Sayings of King Lemuel

The sayings(a) of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
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Proverbs 31:2
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Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!(b)
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Proverbs 31:3
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Do not spend your strength[a] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.(c)
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Proverbs 31:4
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It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine,(d) not for rulers to crave beer,
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Proverbs 31:5
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lest they drink(e) and forget what has been decreed,(f) and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
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Proverbs 31:6
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Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine(g) for those who are in anguish!
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Proverbs 31:7
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Let them drink(h) and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
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Proverbs 31:8
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Speak(i) up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
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Proverbs 31:9
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Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.(j)
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Proverbs 31:10
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Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

[b]A wife of noble character(k) who can find?(l) She is worth far more than rubies.
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Proverbs 31:11
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Her husband(m) has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.(n)
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Proverbs 31:12
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She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:13
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She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.(o)
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Proverbs 31:14
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She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:15
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She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
Proverbs 31:16
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She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:17
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She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Proverbs 31:18
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She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
Proverbs 31:19
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In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
Proverbs 31:20
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She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.(p)
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Proverbs 31:21
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When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
Proverbs 31:22
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She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Proverbs 31:23
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Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders(q) of the land.
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Proverbs 31:24
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She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
Proverbs 31:25
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She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:26
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She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.(r)
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Proverbs 31:27
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She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:28
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Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Proverbs 31:29
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"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Proverbs 31:30
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Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:31
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Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise(s) at the city gate.
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