- The words of Agur the sonne of Iakeh, euen the prophecy: The man spake vnto Ithiel, euen vnto Ithiel and Ucal.
- Surely I am more brutish then any man, and haue not the vnderstanding of a man.
- I neither learned wisedome, nor haue the knowledge of the holy.
- 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?
- Euery word of God is pure: he is a shield vnto them that put their trust in him.
- Adde thou not vnto his words, lest he reproue thee, and thou be found a lyar.
- Two things haue I required of thee, deny me them not before I die.
- Remoue farre from mee vanity, and lyes;
giue me neither pouerty, nor riches, feede me with food conuenient for me.
- 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.
- Accuse not a seruant vnto his master;
lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
- There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not blesse their mother.
- There is a generation that are pure in their owne eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthinesse.
- There is a generation, O howe lofty are their eyes!
and their eye-lids are lifted vp.
- 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.
- 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:
- The graue;
and the barren wombe;
the earth that is not filled with water;
and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
- 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.
- There be three things which are too wonderfull for me;
yea foure, which I know not:
- 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.
- Such is the way of an adulterous woman: she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I haue done no wickednesse.
- For three things the earth is disquieted, and for foure which it cannot beare:
- For a seruant when he reigneth, and a foole when hee is filled with meate:
- For an odious woman when shee is married, and an handmayd that is heire to her mistresse.
- There be foure things which are little vpon the earth;
but they are exceeding wise:
- The Ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meate in the summer.
- The conies are but a feeble folke, yet make they their houses in the rocks
- The locustes haue no king, yet goe they forth all of them by bands.
- The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.
- There be three things which goe well, yea foure are comely in going:
- A lyon which is strongest among beastes, and turneth not away for any:
- A gray-hound;
an hee-goate also;
and a king, against whom there is no rising vp.
- If thou hast done foolishly in lifting vp thy selfe, or if thou hast thought euill, lay thine hand vpon thy mouth.
- 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.