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Proverbs 30, Orthodox

  
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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.

Lessons from the animals


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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