30:1 These things says the man to them that trust in God;And I cease.
30:2 For I am the most simple of all men,And there is not in me the wisdom of men.
30:3 God hath taught me wisdom,And I know the knowledge of the holy.
30:4 Who hath gone up to Heaven, and come down?Who hath gathered the winds in his bosom?Who hath wrapped up the waters in a garment?Who hath dominion of all the ends of the earth?What is His Name?Or what is the name of His children?
30:5 For all the words of God are tried in the fire,And he defends those that reverence him.
30:6 Add not unto his words, lest he reprove thee,And thou be made a liar.
30:7 Two things I ask of thee;Take not favour from me before I die.
30:8 Remove far from me vanity and falsehood:And give me not wealth or poverty;But appoint me what is needful and sufficient:
30:9 Lest I be filled and become false, and say, "Who seeth me?"Or be poor and steal, and swear vainly by the name of God.
30:10 Deliver not a slave into the hands of his master,Lest he curse thee, and thou be utterly destroyed.
30:11 A wicked generation curse their father,And do not bless their mother.
30:12 A wicked generation judge themselves to be just,But do not cleanse their way.
30:13 A wicked generation have lofty eyes,And exalt themselves with their eyelids.
30:14 A wicked generation have swords for teeth and jaw-teeth as knives,So as to destroy and devour the lowly from the earth,And the poor of them from among men.
30:15 The horse-leech had three dearly-beloved daughters:And these three did not satisfy her;And the fourth was not contented so as to say, "Enough."
30:16 The grave,And the love of a woman,And the earth not filled with water;Water also and fire will not say, "It is enough."
30:17 The eye that laughs to scorn a father,And dishonours the old age of a mother,Let the ravens of the valleys pick it out,And let the young eagles devour it.
30:18 Moreover there are three things impossible for me to comprehend,And the fourth I know not:
30:19 The track of a flying eagle;And the ways of a serpent on a rock;And the paths of a ship passing through the sea;And the ways of a man in youth.
30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman,Who having washed herself from what she hath done,Says she hath done nothing amiss.
30:21 By three thing the earth is troubled,And the fourth it cannot bear:
30:22 If a slave reign;Or a fool be filled with food;
30:23 or if a woman-slave should cast out her own mistress;And if a hateful woman should marry a good man.
30:24 And there are four very little things upon the earth,But these are wiser than the wise:
30:25 The ants which are weak, and yet prepare their food in summer;
30:26 the rabbits also are a feeble race, who make their houses in the rocks.
30:27 The locusts have no King,And yet march orderly at one command.
30:28 And the eft, which supports itself by its hands, and is easily taken,Dwells in the fortresses of kings.
30:29 And there are three things which go well,And a fourth which passes along finely.
30:30 A lion's whelp, stronger than all other beasts, which turns not away, nor fears any beast;
30:31 And a cock walking in boldly among the hens,And the goat leading the herd;And a king publicly speaking before a nation.
30:32 If thou abandon thyself to mirth,And stretch forth thine hand in a quarrel,Thou shalt be disgraced.
30:33 Milk out milk, and there shall be butter,And if thou wring one's nostrils there shall come our blood:So if thou extort words, there will come forth quarrels and strifes.
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