Proverbs 30:1 – 10

1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:
 2 Surely I am more stupid than any man,
And do not have the understanding of a man.  3 I neither learned wisdom
Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.  4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
 Who has gathered the wind in His fists?   Who has bound the waters in a garment?   Who has established all the ends of the earth?   What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, If you know?  5 Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.  6 Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.  7 Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):  8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—  Feed me with the food allotted to me;  9 Lest I be full and deny You,
And say, “Who is the Lord?”  Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.  10 Do not malign a servant to his master,
Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Agur begins speaking to three men, hoping to explain to them the greatness of God. He begins with a self-effacing statement about his own inability to understand the depths of God, then asks who in the world would have that depth of knowledge, to know God and the Creator.  He moves on to declare the greatness of God.  His word in pure, He guards those who trust Him.  Agur warns against adding to what God says for God’s word is complete.  Agur then asks for two things:  give him a lie-free environment, and only feed him what is necessary.  That way, he will always trust God, and not deny his need of Him.  Also, be kind to servants and do not lie about them, for that guilt will be found out.

Agur does not have the breadth of Solomon’s wisdom, but he does speak authoritatively to the issues before him:  God’s greatness, the power of His word, and the need for balance.  Do not forget how great God is.  Read and study His word, for it is perfect.  Live a life that is blessed enough to recognize that God provides, and austere enough to know that we cannot live without Him.  Live wise!

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