Proverbs 29-30

29One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad,
but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance.
4By justice a king gives stability to the land,
but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.
5Whoever flatters a neighbor
is spreading a net for the neighbor’s feet.
6In the transgression of the evil there is a snare,
but the righteous sing and rejoice.
7The righteous know the rights of the poor;
the wicked have no such understanding.
8Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
9If the wise go to law with fools,
there is ranting and ridicule without relief.
10The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
and they seek the life of the upright.
11A fool gives full vent to anger,
but the wise quietly holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king judges the poor with equity,
his throne will be established forever.
15The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child.
16When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
they will give delight to your heart.
18Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
but happy are those who keep the law.
19By mere words servants are not disciplined,
for though they understand, they will not give heed.
20Do you see someone who is hasty in speech?
There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.
21A slave pampered from childhood
will come to a bad end.
22One given to anger stirs up strife,
and the hothead causes much transgression.
23A person’s pride will bring humiliation,
but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life;
one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing.
25The fear of others lays a snare,
but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.
26Many seek the favor of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
27The unjust are an abomination to the righteous,
but the upright are an abomination to the wicked. 30The words of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle.

Thus says the man: I am weary, O God,
I am weary, O God. How can I prevail?
2Surely I am too stupid to be human;
I do not have human understanding.
3I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the holy ones.
4Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of the hand?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is the person’s name?
And what is the name of the person’s child?
Surely you know! 5Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6Do not add to his words,
or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar. 7Two things I ask of you;
do not deny them to me before I die:
8Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,
9or I shall be full, and deny you,
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or I shall be poor, and steal,
and profane the name of my God. 10Do not slander a servant to a master,
or the servant will curse you, and you will be held guilty. 11There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers.
12There are those who are pure in their own eyes
yet are not cleansed of their filthiness.
13There are those—how lofty are their eyes,
how high their eyelids lift!—
14there are those whose teeth are swords,
whose teeth are knives,
to devour the poor from off the earth,
the needy from among mortals. 15The leech has two daughters;
“Give, give,” they cry.
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough”:
16Sheol, the barren womb,
the earth ever thirsty for water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.” 17The eye that mocks a father
and scorns to obey a mother
will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley
and eaten by the vultures. 18Three things are too wonderful for me;
four I do not understand:
19the 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 girl. 20This is the way of an adulteress:
she eats, and wipes her mouth,
and says, “I have done no wrong.” 21Under three things the earth trembles;
under four it cannot bear up:
22a slave when he becomes king,
and a fool when glutted with food;
23an unloved woman when she gets a husband,
and a maid when she succeeds her mistress. 24Four things on earth are small,
yet they are exceedingly wise:
25the ants are a people without strength,
yet they provide their food in the summer;
26the badgers are a people without power,
yet they make their homes in the rocks;
27the locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in rank;
28the lizard can be grasped in the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces. 29Three things are stately in their stride;
four are stately in their gait:
30the lion, which is mightiest among wild animals
and does not turn back before any;
31the strutting rooster, the he-goat,
and a king striding before his people. 32If you have been foolish, exalting yourself,
or if you have been devising evil,
put your hand on your mouth.
33For as pressing milk produces curds,
and pressing the nose produces blood,
so pressing anger produces strife.

From the oremus Bible Browser v2.9.2 30 June 2021.