Proverbs 30:1-4 (AMP): 1The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa: The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ucal

: 2 Surely I am too brutish and stupid to be called a man, and I have not the understanding of a man (for all my secular learning is as nothing). 3 I have not learned skillful and godly Wisdom, that I should have the knowledge or burden of the Holy One. 4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know? Chapter 30 was not written by Solomon, but by Agur. Solomon, respecting Agurs observations, may have included them in his book, or Hezekiahs scribes might have done so two centuries later. However the words of Agur came to be added to Solomons proverbs, and we know that they were written and included by the Holy Spirits inspiration. Verses 1-3 Little is known of Agur. This chapter records his words to Ithiel and Ucal, who had evidently come to him to learn wisdom. In response, Agur humbled himself. Rather than boast of being a great man of learning, he confessed his ignorance; knowing that all he had learned of God was nothing compared to what there was to know. His confession brings to mind Elihus words in the Book of Job. Like Agur, Elihu, was able to correctly assess his own knowledge. These men humbly regarded their own understanding and secular education as nothing, and acknowledged the incomparable greatness of Gods wisdom. Elihu knew that neither having great authority nor old age guarantees that a man has good judgment or wisdom, because truth and understanding come from God (Job 32:8-9). Verse 4 Agur asks five rhetorical questions that reveal his faith. He describes God as having gathered the wind in His fists, having bound the waters in His garments and having established the ends of the earth. This reveals the wisdom and power of God, the Ruler of all! In Agurs day, the answer to his first and fifth questions was still hidden. The answer to them both, What is His Sons name, if you know? and Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? is Jesus Christ (1 John 3:13-15). When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven (Ephesians 4:810,13). When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all mankind, He then was in the grave and hell (or Sheol; the place of the dead), for three days and three nights, before he ascended to heaven. He took all those who were held captive in paradise with Him to heaven above. (Those Old Testament saints who walked in faith were kept in paradise until Jesus paid the price for their sins on the cross. Paradise was a compartment in the lower regions of hell. He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear (Acts 2:31-33). Jesus led captivity captive, which was to lead them out of that place into heaven with Him, after He rose from the dead.) Jesus death, burial and resurrection made a way for all since then who repent and believe in Christ to follow Him to heaven also. Agurs questions, written hundreds of years before Christ, foreshadowed this fuller revelation of God. They were indeed prophetic questions!

the Holy Spirit warned us again: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. much as Jesus taught His disciples to ask for their daily bread. 6 Add thou not unto his words. but read and study the entire Bible. and out of the holy city. Next. His Word is pure. His prayer taught his disciples to ask for their needful bread. Verse 5 Having begun his instruction with a confession of his own limited knowledge and of Gods infinite power and wisdom.Proverbs 30:5-6 (KJV): 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy. Many Christians quote famous mens sayings. Agur turns our attention to Gods Word. and thou be found a liar. and we can confidently trust it. and deny thee. and take the name of my God in vai We have already seen that Agur began teaching Ithiel and Ucal by confessing his own limitations. that he should lie. through the pain of trial and error. Falsehood includes conformity to anything that is not true. nor to seek wisdom beyond what He has revealed. he asked God to remove from him all falsehood and lies. His prayer revealed the importance of desiring to know and conform to the truth that one might not sin against God. and by statements of faith. Verse 6 Having made his pupils aware of the value of knowing Gods Word. Gods Word is extremely important to Him. We also should not focus just on certain parts of Scripture and ignore other parts. Through the Apostle John. It taught . and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19). nor diminish from it (Deuteronomy 12:32). 7 Two things have I required of thee. and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken. ideas. neither the son of man. deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches. by rhetorical questions. Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor. He will be a shield for us. lest he reprove thee. If we do not study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15). such as false beliefs. He next instructed them by praying. or suppositions. 9 Lest I be full. Agur asked God to supply his needs in such a way as would make him neither rich nor poor. God shall take away his part out of the book of life. and He gives a stern warning not to tamper with it. The cry of Agurs heart demonstrates the kind of prayer that pleases God. Agur warned them not to add anything to it. observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto. and steal. and say. that he should repent: hath he said. and from the things which are written in this book (Revelation 22:18-19). if we apply Gods Word to our lives. We must be careful neither to add to Gods Word. Behold. If any man shall add unto these things. The Holy Spirit also spoke a similar warning through Moses: What thing soever I command you. thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom (Psalm 51:6). However. we will end up learning Gods ways the hard way. but could gain more by quoting the Word of God. We can always trust God: God is not a man. feed me with food convenient for me. Desiring a pure heart. The Bible tells us that all Scripture came by the inspiration of God and it is the guide by which we are to live.

Even light punishment brought great hardship. and thou be found guilty. whether of food or pleasures. self-pity. Poverty hangs over people like a black cloud. Agur understood that God upholds justice for all of His people. discouragement. which warns against accusing a servant to his master. It is never good to speak ill of those in lowly positions to their employers or supervisors. can easily cause one to forget God. Agur used confession. lying. The Apostle Paul found that through the Spirit he could overcome those temptations. peddling drugs. and to ask not to be led into those temptations that they might avoid sin and honor God. whether enduring need for the sake of the Gospel. or enjoying abundance. Undue criticism might deprive them of desperately needed jobs or raises. therewith to be content. hopelessness. and holds all accountable that needlessly stir up trouble. both to abound and to suffer need. Being full. gambling. the wicked master often had his servant beaten or even executed. whatever their position. The greatest danger in poverty is desperation. I know both how to be abased. causing fear. It is wicked to cause others needless suffering because of our own our pride. and depression. and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry. or because we are impatient or in a bad mood. in whatsoever state I am. God desires that we also learn to trust Him in all things. Many such people are struggling to make a living. The desperate are tempted to resort to such things as stealing. and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33). especially out of pride or spite. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned. rhetorical questions. Servants had no rights. In Agurs time. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:11-13). saying. Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. It also causes men to trust and find their security in money instead of God. that he could do all things through Christ and be content. What shall we eat? or. or prostitution to survive. statements. even when innocent. Ungodly masters often acted on the word of their social equals. If a mans friend or acquaintance accused his servant of wrong. lest he curse thee. and become distracted with pleasure and things. so as not to insult them. He learned to rely on God to meet his every need. The remainder of his instruction was given in the form of proverbs. beginning with todays verse. Agur saw the ways in which both poverty and riches tempt one to turn from God. it was common practice to treat servants inhumanely. Proverbs 30:10 (KJV): Accuse not a servant unto his master. and his righteousness. What shall we drink? or. But seek ye first the kingdom of God.them that certain temptations come with both wealth and poverty. . and prayer to instruct Ithiel and Ucal. Therefore take no thought.

race. For men shall be lovers of their own selves. Without natural affection. Above all. the only wise God. and their jaw teeth as knives. To day if ye will hear his voice. 11 There is a generation that curseth their father. In many cases. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love. but that the customer is guilty of a bad attitude. Harden not your hearts. Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith. whose teeth are as swords. God is the creator of all mankind: each life is important to Him. Paul states that in the last days people will be disobedient to their parents. 14 There is a generation. but also point to the generation that will exist before the second coming of the Lord Jesus. false accusers. immortal. that in the last days perilous times shall come. some customers berate the employee who is trying to help them. He looks on peoples hearts. while James 5:1-5 speaks of men who heap up riches for the last days at the expense of those who labor for them. in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me. lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. the supervisor finds his employee is not at fault. and so prideful that they do not see their own wickedness. by paying them inadequate wages. Agurs words describe a generation that curses their parents. boasters. not their outward appearance or accomplishments. Instead of discussing a problem civilly. Now unto the King eternal. and doth not bless their mother.Christian employers should protect trusted workers from abuse and never accept unproven accusations against them. proud. invisible. O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 13 There is a generation. Customers often become unnecessarily impatient regarding service or disgruntled about merchandise. All who are born into Gods family through Christ become brothers and sisters in Him. highminded. 17). and . The Apostle Paul also describes this generation in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: This know also. fierce. Agur speaks about a generation that takes advantage of the poor. as in the provocation. we must honor God Himself. incontinent. and the needy from among men. be honour and glory for ever and ever. disobedient to parents. our parents (Matthew 19:19). hese verses describe a generation so wicked that they curse their own parents. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17). despisers of those that are good. We are to especially honor elders at church and widows (1 Timothy 5:1-3. to devour the poor from off the earth. and yet is not washed from their filthiness. We are to honor each other. covetous. Traitors. Paul speaks of a people being haughty and having only a form of godliness. unthankful. proved me. Verses 11-14 Verse 1 describes Agurs words as prophecy. but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. heady. in honour preferring one another (Romans 12:10). I believe it may not only have spoken of an evil generation in Agurs time. and people in authority (Romans 13:1-7). blasphemers. or sex. unholy. trucebreakers. as well as all others. regardless of their class. and He is no respecter of men. age. Having a form of godliness. Agur describes a generation that is prideful and sinless in their own eyes. then demand to speak to a supervisor to accuse the employee of wrongdoing. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes. One way in which we honor Him is by obeying His Word. position. our employers and supervisors (or masters: 1 Timothy 6:1-2).

As animals and humans drink. and the barren womb. It is enough. She is never satisfied and tries every method possible to become pregnant. There are three things that are never satisfied. avarice. including the ability to conceive. four things say not. to see peoples lives ravaged and destroyed by sin. and their pomp. Feeding on their hosts blood. Drought is a curse. Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed. Israel was warned that if they turned from the living God to idols. crying. and the fire that saith not. Like fire. and even death. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation. They enrich themselves by draining others. To introduce four things that are never satisfied.saw my works forty years.Arizona has endured its worst drought in over a hundred years. one at each end of its body. My husband and I have seen many women able to become pregnant after being prayed for. and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory. They shall not enter into my rest (Hebrews 3:7-11). the earth will become dry and need more. God has promised to provide for all our needs. It feeds through two suckers. The Barren Womb: The affects of sin upon humanity rob some women of the ability to conceive. At the time of this writing. Whoever follows Christ has Gods blessing. tiny leeches enter their mouths and attach themselves inside the throat or similar places. give. and said. lust. the earth that is not filled with water. the earth would suffer for it (Deuteronomy 11:13-17). Gods promise and power can break the curse of a barren womb (Deuteronomy 7:13). It is far sadder. however. 15 The horse leach hath two daughters. and they have not known my ways. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself. The leech presents a vivid picture of human parasites. but consumes more and more of a persons soul and life. shall descend into it (Isaiah 5:14). a blood-sucking worm. They do alway err in their heart. It is heartbreaking for a woman yearning to have a child to be unable to conceive. and their multitude. When driving by these areas it is sad to see mile after mile of charred timber that had once been a green forest. Give. yea. No matter how much rain falls. and giving nothing but trouble in return. and many fires have ravaged the land. So I sware in my wrath. Like the leech. the following four things are never satisfied: The Grave or Sheol: It takes countless souls every day but is never full. It is enough: 16 The grave. and he that rejoiceth. obstruction. they grow rapidly and can cause bleeding. sin is never satisfied. Fire: Its very life depends upon consuming everything that it touches. The Earth: It is never satisfied with water. thus the depiction of two daughters clamoring for blood. It is devastating to view the aftermath of a fire. Horse leeches live in well water and spring water. Agur described the leech. He entreats us to trust in Him. and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your .

despise. and the young eagles shall eat it.17).And he that curseth his father. or his mother. that under the New Testament law. It carried the death penalty. The Old Testament law often sounds extreme to our modern ears because our culture is so lenient about rebellion and even glamorizes it. meaning to bring into contempt. The penalty for striking or cursing ones parents had the same penalty as for adultery or murder. [I will] not. It would work for everyones good. that He made it one of the Ten Commandments: Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee (Exodus 20:12). for such a sin leads to other sins. And he that smiteth his father. We are to bless our parents and speak respectfully to them and of them. The word for curseth in Hebrew is qlal. [I will] not. one will not escape Gods. curse.. for He [God] Himself has said. and despiseth to obey his mother. Vultures picking an eye out of a dead body is what Agur seemed to be referring to as the end result of dishonoring ones parents. shall be surely put to death. . the guilty party was to be stoned to death. It would help society to better enforce punishment for crimes that are directed against those in positions of authority. It is so important to God. such as by violence or execution. exposing one to all the dangers of an evil life. Even if there is nothing about them that commands respect. A body left unburied for birds to feed upon indicated an ignoble death. especially the young. The penalty for mocking and scorning ones parents was grim in the Old Testament. Those who honor their parents and elders seldom come to the evil end that Agur depicted. . The Israelites were careful to bury their dead. the ravens of the valley shall pick it out. Implicit in this proverb is the truth that though one may escape the punishment of man for dishonoring ones parents. This is especially important for young people to understand. [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5 AMP). Proverbs 30:17 (KJV): The eye that mocketh at his father. The Bible stresses that children are to respect their parents. Children with unholy parents should pray for them and ask God to change them.. or his mother. God gave other laws that charged Israel to deal very strongly with rebellious children in the Old Testament. children can find mercy and forgiveness if they have been rebellious to their parents. These punishments would be an example to cause those bent on evil to fear and respect the laws. we must refrain from speaking reviling words against them.present circumstances and with what you have. Praise God. shall surely be put to death (Exodus 21:15. Spiritually dishonoring parents can result in spiritual blindness and even spiritual death unless rebellious children repent. I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. It was a serious offense before God.[1] Belittling or mocking ones parents is a serious offence to God.

The Lord has never failed to give me the strength that I have needed. Just looking at the size . and the way of a man with a maid. how a ship sails. they shall mount up with wings as eagles. when I ask Him in faith to help me. Solomon respected these observations by Agur and included them in his own book. a waiter comes to our table to serve us or wait on us. eating dust (Genesis 3:14-15). When we dine in a restaurant. which create the best wind currentsthey fly high above them. The Serpent: A snakes bones. when we obey Christs commands. A Sailing Ship: The third thing that Agur mentions that amazed him is how a ship can sail in the ocean. the laws of nature. What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? Certainly. The devil. It must have puzzled the ancients to watch them ascend. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength. the way of a ship in the midst of the sea. the law of motion. called the serpent. From Genesis 3 we find that the serpent did not always slither. After its part in tempting Adam and Eve to sin. muscles. God reduced it to crawling on its belly.. however. This is one of my favorite verses. The only and final answer is that God created them to act this way. therefore. This scripture states that those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. When we are committed to serving God. and the laws of the universe. four which I know not: 19 The way of an eagle in the air. There are physical laws that God set in motion in the earth that govern all things.. The eagle is a symbol of overcoming Christians who rise above lifes storms by waiting upon the Lord. (Isaiah 40:31a). Verses 18-20 These verses state that there are four things which are very wonderful. the laws that affect it are: the law of gravity. yea. Even young men who do not know the Lord. I have claimed it many times. and how a man and woman are attracted to one another. and yet mysterious: how an eagle flies. Verse 19 . and to wait for Him to show us what to do. how a serpent slithers. we will be given the strength for the task He has given us to do. but was originally created to walk as a beast. the first application of this would be to wait upon the Lords timing. when I have been so weary that I did not think I could not go on. then we are waiting on Him. In the case of a ship floating in the ocean. and plates on the skin of its belly enable it to move on land without limbs. These are verifiable scientific laws. preys on men who were made of dust and crawl in the dirt of sin until they are born again and then the Lord causes them to rise up spiritually and fly like eagles. barely flapping their wings.Proverbs 30:18-19 (KJV): 18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me.The Eagle: This bird mounts up on thermal air currents to soar at amazing heights. there is also another application to the meaning. They are not afraid of storms. Gods creation is truly amazing and we can learn many things by observing it. will not have the strength that we are given. We all wonder at times why things are the way they are. the way of a serpent upon a rock.

of love and marriage. The devil has come against this husband and wife relationship by perverting it and causing men to indulge in it illegally. and that is a very holy thing (Ephesians 5:23-27). she feels no guilt and claims she has done no wrong. and wipeth her mouth. An ungodly person uses position and money selfishly and often for evil purposes. Only the rich in ancient times had an abundance of food. Verses 20-23 These verses describe an array of people who are types of rebellious sinners that cause trouble for others. (1 Samuel 25:2-38) and modern-day mobsters are .) God is the one who set the standard for a marriage relationship and when men start trying to redefine marriage. A Man With A Maid: The fourth thing that was too wonderful for Agur was the way of a man with a maid. The way a man and woman are attracted to one another and fall in love is a very wonderful gift that God gave to men and women. A Servant When He Reigns: People suffer when a servant who is not trained for the office of a king obtains that position. She is so hardened. I have done no wickedness. between a man and a woman. fornicators. In the Bible. thus filled with meat indicates prosperity. then it becomes possible. and women to women. We find adulterers. because we understand the law of faith and the law of life in Christ Jesus (Matthew 19:26). A Rebellious Fool When He Is Prosperous: The Hebrew word for fool in this verse indicates a vile. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman. it looks impossible. Erotic and sexual love was designed by God. we are asked to believe in spiritual things and things we cannot see. she eateth. they are setting themselves up to take the place of God. but it has limits and boundaries attached to it. we know they are real. and that we must confess our sins and ask God to forgive us. It is to only be entered into within the bonds of matrimony. The beautiful relationship. yet. and homosexuals. 23 For an odious woman when she is married. only then can we be cleansed (1 John 1:8-10). However. Nabal. and saith. and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress. 21 For three things the earth is disquieted.and weight of a boat (especially when we see warships constructed from mega tons of steel) floating in a liquid like water. and for four which it cannot bear: 22 For a servant when he reigneth. is a type of our relationship with Christ. (where men are sexually attracted to men. which is idolatry. in the same way a person would eat a meal and wipe his mouth after they finish. An Adulterous Woman: This woman simply does what she does. when one understands the invisible laws that govern such a feat. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. and a fool when he is filled with meat. ungodly person who rejects Gods Word.

A Servant who Is Heir To Her Mistress: There have been instances throughout history of maids persuading mistresses to make them heirs of their possessions. however slight. 26 The conies are but a feeble folk. mean-spirited people come into a position of power. and yet possessing a unique wisdom that gives them a great advantage: The Ant: This tiny creature is applauded for its industry. but tattlers also and busybodies. The following creatures are described as small. whatever our position or status (1 Peter 3:3-5). Hoarding has a fear and greed element. For some are already turned aside after Satan (1 Timothy 5:13-15). guide the house. bear children. and not only idle. Marriage tends to give a woman a degree of authority and respectability. We all face difficult times when we need a reserve of money to fall back on. while preparing for the future is wise. And withal they learn to be idle. I will therefore that the younger women marry. Proverbs 30:24-28 (KJV): 24 There be four things which are little upon the earth. Joseph stored up grain in Egypt during seven years of bounty in order to feed Egypt and other nations during seven years of famine (Genesis 41). Verses 24-28 Agur continued teaching through observations of nature. Each situation is bad enough in itself. but if all of these were true in the life of one person. speaking things which they ought not. who was also a prosperous rebel and had gained her position by displacing her mistress. it stores food for the long winter months. wandering about from house to house. increasing the pride of a woman with bad character. yet they prepare their meat in the summer. If the servant who reigned was a bitter. During summer. God calls us to be holy. The Bible instructs women not to become busybodies. When servile. give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. they are prone to become proud and use whatever advantage they can to promote themselves. this would be an unbearable combination. An Odious Woman who Marries: A bitter woman of hateful characteristics can cause much trouble and make life unpleasant for her family and others. but they are exceeding wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong. 27 The locusts have no king. or servant girls who displace mistresses in the affections of their husbands. . it would be unbearable. By Gods direction. 28 The spider taketh hold with her hands. adulterous woman. Saving prudently is not the same as hoarding. yet make they their houses in the rocks.examples of this kind of fool. Today we call it saving for a rainy day. yet go they forth all of them by bands. and is in kings' palaces.

Wisdom compensates for the smallest creatures. it achieved safety because it made its home in rocky fortresses. The Lion: The lion is called the king of the beasts. Larger animals could not navigate in the rocks as well as open ground. However. we may assume that it was a small rabbit-like and vulnerable animal. If we banded together on major issues that are coming against our Christian principles and rights. invites a fall. be strong in the Lord. and claim His strength and His confidence. Those same treasures were carried off 250 years later by the very nation to whom he displayed them (2 Kings 20:12-17). 29 There be three things which go well. Each one devours the foliage directly around them. against whom there is no rising up. I believe this list of creatures is included in Proverbs so that we can learn to be as resourceful as they are in many practical areas of life. Careless boasting and parading ourselves. King Hezekiah was rebuked by the prophet Isaiah for displaying his treasures to the envoys of Babylon. yea. Like the spider. but it is not strength alone that causes it to stride in majestic confidence. four are comely in going: 30 A lion which is strongest among beasts. even as the locusts ravage a field when they attack. and in the power of his might. Many people take secondary loans against their houses instead of paying off the mortgage. 31 A greyhound. If every Christian attacked the field of evil in their area. It is able to climb quickly to high places or find hidden low places. Although they have no king or ruler. wisely avoiding open areas. from these observations we can gain spiritual truths. Verses 29-31 Agur described four things that are stately in their walk. This is unwise. often all day. turning away from no beast. soon there is nothing left in the field. Put on the whole armour of God. He is fearless.The Coney: Although scholars are uncertain which animal is meant by the Hebrew for coney. giving them protection and great power. my brethren. nor could they uncover its rocky home. Christians could well learn from this. We are to be strong in . We too. and a king. we could ravage the enemy. can be strong and unafraid if we walk with God. we would be wise to be discreet in our affairs. that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11). As they advance. we could win the entire battle that the devil has assailed against us. they strip the land of every growing thing. They can fly for miles. The Locust: Locusts are considered to be wise also. The Spider: Not even a king can keep spiders out of his palace. an he goat also. and turneth not away for any. and as they all go forward. they join together in organized ranks when they attack an area. as a mortgagefree house provides security in difficult times. We can learn from this animal by making our homes secure before we purchase other things. Finally. landing in the evening to form camps.

Someone has said that God gave us two ears and only one mouth. the greyhound can out-run pursuer or prey. or if thou hast thought evil. The Bible reveals the consequences of pride that many people. as God is greater than any man. We can also be as this rider. He is stately in appearance. but slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19-20). so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms (Psalm 18:33-34).the Lord and the power of His might. We must not fear what man can do. He teacheth my hands to war. such as King Saul. Confident and unafraid of falling. 32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself. swift to forgive. When no longer little in his own eyes (1 Samuel 15:17). swift to obey Gods voice. swift to do good. faced. so we should listen twice as much as we speak. for God is greater than any man (Psalm 56:11). There are many mountains to conquer in life. when we allow the Holy Spirit to work His confidence and demeanor in us. If we pray for the people the devil is using against us. We can become surefooted and confident in our walk of faith by applying Biblical truths to our lives. the enemys fiery darts cannot harm us. Scripture tells us to be swift to hear. We can trust the Lord to give us spiritual hinds feet. but ultimately rejected the word of the Lord. as the other animals mentioned in these verses are. knowing that if we ask anything of Him that is His will for us. Backed by his finest men. When we put on our spiritual armor. 33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter. It is quite a picture to see a military processional parade down a street for review. Gods word was to destroy everything they owned but Saul destroyed only what was worthless and . The Greyhound: Graceful in its walk. rides on the lead horse who is girded up for the occasion. He made a show of obeying God by going against the Amalekites. The He-Goat: The mountain goat majestically climbs high into the mountains and leaps upon their steep. Then we will not fear the mountains of difficulties which we must overcome. lay thine hand upon thy mouth. We are not to fear what man can do to us. since their are no uprisings against him that he must deal with at the present time. We can have confidence in Him when we pray. then the devil will have to cease his attacks against them and us. we will receive it (1 John 5:1415). A King: The last example talks about a king who has a kingdom at peace. for deer are surefooted like the goats. It is needful to be swift about some things in life. and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife. he rides forth in great confidence. goats are uncannily surefooted. He maketh my feet like hinds feet. Verse 32 Agurs teaching began by confessing his knowledge to be nothing as compared to Gods and ended with a warning against pride and self-exaltation. God said to kill every single Amalekite. while slow about others. The king. We ought to be swift to repent. Saul tried to cloak his rebellion with partial obedience. rocky slopes. but Saul killed all but the king. dressed in his finest. and setteth me upon my high places. not our own. and take authority over those powers in the name of Jesus.

he hath also rejected thee from being king (1 Samuel 15:22-23). or you could cause a stink. . This Proverb gives the same advice: just walk on by when there is trouble brewing. You cowboys can walk through that cow pen and get to the other side and you wont smell a thing. Saul later lost both his throne and life.kept what was good.Agur compared forcing anger to the churning of milk or violently twisting someones nose. He claimed that he kept the animals to offer as sacrifices to the Lord. how we use Gods Word. Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man. irrational. Like Satan. I Cor 1:19-21. Obedience is doing all of what we are told to do. Others. Isaiah 5:21. and have not the understanding of a man. as opposed to man. its gonna stink. we are all teachers. Agur responded to Ithiel and Ucal (Proverbs 30:1) with different forms of instruction. and to hearken than the fat of rams. or lower animals. And Samuel said. but if you take a stick and stir up the manure while you walk through the pen. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness (Proverbs 15:1-2). James 4:6. what we do. In a sense. as if offering what he had gained sinfully would not also be a sin. Here are inspired words of Agur (Pr 30:1). for God resists the proud and gives grace to the lowly (I Cor 3:18-20. revealing his poor spirit and humble character at teaching Ithiel and Ucal. My husband. and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. He recalls a time when he warned the ranch hands about the way to avoid situations that would cause trouble. Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices. A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. he thought his way was better than Gods. We are not to change instructions because we think we know better. uncultured. someone who forces an issue will stir up trouble. Verse 33 . In want of intelligence or in failure to use reason: dull. used to run a ranch. Sauls disobedience was rooted in pride.10). The fastest way to folly is to think yourself wise. Because of his rebellion. Bud. and unbelievers) learn from how we speak. As surely as the one produces butter and the other produces blood. new believers. Gal 6:3). and the way we pray. Of or pertaining to the brutes. Note his use of "surely" to strengthen his admission. Brutish. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD. Rom 1:20-25. to obey is better than sacrifice. stupid. (especially children. for God will destroy the proud (Pr 26:12. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold. the questions we ask. The fastest way to wisdom is to be a fool. He told them. even more than from what we may consciously teach.

And Agur and Solomon are not alone. Wisdom starts by believing and admitting you know nothing at all. he admitted he was but a child and asked for wisdom (I Kings 3:5-9). life. Such a man. Asaph (Ps 73:21-22). I Cor 14:20. 12:15-20). "I do not know what to do. Too hard to admit. to whom God gives humility. II Tim 3:17). and all her paths are peace. "For wisdom is a defence. Go to Him this way today and become wise! None of us know as we ought to know (I Cor 8:2). The man who says. reader? Do not worry! You are with the great majority rushing through the wide gate to travel down the broad way to folly and destruction. and Paul (Eph 3:8).He opens instruction to his students by claiming to be more ignorant than any man. Amos (Amos 7:14-15). as this brings Him the greater glory (I Cor 1:27). But only a select few will pursue wisdom according to Heaven's rules." may stand still and see God work for him (II Chron 20:12. but we respond with confidence when confronting enemies of truth (Job 33:1-3. Only the select few will obtain it. The highest development of the human race is realized in the few men and women to whom God gives wisdom. like a brute beast. will be a great man (I Cor 3:18-20). when offered anything by the LORD. Only hopeless fools seek money over wisdom. Ps 131:1). and in her left hand riches and honour. Solomon showed the same humility. peace. and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is. and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it" (Pr 8:11). "Wisdom is the principal thing. David (I Sam 18:23. for their secret to success lies in their complete humility before their Creator and Lord. for we see this very same spirit also in Moses (Num 12:3). forbid promotional efforts. Proverbs 30:3 I neither learned wisdom. The God of heaven looks unto the man poor in spirit and with a contrite heart (Is 66:1-2). Has there ever been any meeker than our Lord Jesus? Never! He was lowly in heart.those who admit they know nothing at all. and happiness should convince you! What else could you possibly desire! Not convinced? "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver" (Pr 16:16)! "For wisdom is better than rubies.17). honor. And this is God's order for things (Rom 12:16). The proverb before you obscurely presents the basic prerequisite in order to obtain wisdom. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her" (Pr 3:15-18). and there is no false humility here. The loftiest goal for life is wisdom. Dear reader. Now everyone wants to be wise! They want others to come knocking for answers to life's problems. And this humble spirit before God brought him very great blessings of understanding and much more (I Kgs 3:10-13). riches. Luke 6:24). Only a few use the grace of God to humble themselves to become truly . nor have the knowledge of the holy. and never raised his voice in the street (Matt 11:29. Wisdom is only for a select few . Length of days is in her right hand. therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" (Pr 4:7). Luke 1:3. that wisdom giveth life to them that have it" (Ec 7:12). Very great value. Jeremiah (Jer 1:6). for he speaks by prophetic inspiration. Elihu (Job 32:6-7). long life. Her ways are ways of pleasantness. Not convinced? "She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. 36:1-4. pleasure. Daniel (Dan 2:30). do you see a pattern? Great men of God do not claim to be wise. God will bless the poor in spirit with riches of wisdom and other spiritual blessings (Matt 5:3.

The man after God's heart. and the LORD revengeth. The key to obtaining wisdom is humility . Why do you think and speak about it as if you chose or earned it (Pr 25:27. which is nothing but vanity." He actually was a twentyyear-old genetic specimen with the best training and counselors the world could offer. Solomon said. and he reserveth wrath for his enemies" (Nah 1:2). You will leave dirtying yourself. the LORD revengeth. and the Most High God is everything. "God is jealous. Is 8:20. and eighty to fear what is next. this . How do you measure up? If you lean to your own understanding at all. Jer 17:9). and is furious. Beg the blessed God for mercy! The LORD. Gal 6:3.the man who can humble himself as a little child (Matt 18:1-4).he was an idiot in all matters of importance.wise and fulfill the highest calling in life. "I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries. Here is where you must start your pursuit of wisdom and greatness. He will pour out a liberal blessing of wisdom to you. If you do not abase and humble yourself before God and men. is a jealous God (Ex 34:14). the higher God will lift you. He hates your love of yourself. He hates your haughty arrogance and high opinions. Examine yourself. was given to you by God Himself. Humility is the recognition of sober and important truth . So God gave him true wisdom in abundance (I Sam 18:5. whose name is Jealous. Anything you have. where he was all along.to dedicate yourself to His Word (Pr 3:5-6. It took you four years to color inside the lines. Become a fool! The more ignorant the better! The lower you honestly put yourself. You will meet an angry God unprepared. with glorious achievements and universal acclaim. If you tear down all high thoughts and prostrate yourself before God. You will waste your ridiculous life inhaling the fumes of human idiocy. Therefore. He will bring you down! Any difference between you and others was by His choice. It is your only hope. or in things too high for me" (Ps 131:1). Strip your soul of self-confidence until you believe these words about yourself. David said. humility is truly the principal thing! For wise Agur began teaching wisdom by declaring his total ignorance! See the comments on 30:2. And you think you are wise? It would have been better to not be born! Reader. But he knew the truth . my heart is not haughty. I Cor 4:7)? Get down! Think soberly about yourself! Do not think so highly of yourself (Rom 12:3.30. due to the blinding and damning control of sin on his heart (Is 44:20. you will never even find crumbs of wisdom. Ps 119:128. get down! Now! Desecrate yourself! Defile your opinions! Curse your confidence! Damn your thoughts! Flush your intelligence! Memorize this proverb and repeat it to God and all men. sixty to know you wasted your life. II Tim 3:16-17). sixteen to drive a car. True wisdom is simply rejecting all opinions . Consider your great wisdom. You arrived dirtying yourself. but just did not realize it. II Cor 10:12). forty to realize you are mortal. twenty-one to be trusted with wine. Before the Lord Jesus Christ. nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters.you are nothing.including your own .inspired words of greatness! Covet these words and the heart-felt conviction behind them. God will fight against any man who does not do this (James 4:6).the rejection of all your wisdom and total acceptance of all God's instruction. The way in which you receive instruction from others is the greatest single indicator of how successful your life will be (Pr 15:31-32).14-15. Humility is the key to open the treasure vaults of Heaven for wisdom. seven to ride a bike. denounced his own wisdom. This proverb has the words of one of the wisest men ever . you will be cut off from even crumbs. which will anesthetize you for your descent into the blackness of darkness forever (Pr 26:12). If a man holds self-confidence or lofty thoughts about himself. II Sam 14:20). Here is a great man in the earth . "LORD. the blessed God will bring him down to a blithering idiot.

Say sincerely with John the Baptist. but the Spirit of God" (I Cor 2:11). His lessons are an inspired revelation of wisdom. Paul said. Amen" (Rom 11:33-36). Consider three very similar questions. Since knowledge and understanding are with God. which precludes them from being a prophecy of Christ. or conquered the elements to learn the ways and wisdom of God. save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man." The first two questions are in the perfect tense. taught Ithiel and Ucal (Pr 30:1). and He would be angry (Pr 30:6). "He must increase. for they are called "the prophecy" (Pr 30:1. what man has ascended up into heaven to learn them. Not a single word was to be deleted or degraded. The seven questions are not simply answered with "God. for this would corrupt God's words. a wise man. and finally by defining the absolute necessity and sufficiency of Scripture (Pr 30:5-6). He introduced his lessons by first confessing his great natural ignorance (Pr 30:2-3). and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him. Agur forced Ithiel and Ucal to admit by force of reason there was no man. or come back. but I must decrease" (John 3:30). They could not name any man who had done such a thing. and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him. No man has gone to heaven. for He is altogether present in both places simultaneously. man's words were not to be added. he used these questions to condemn all men of ignorance as well (Pr 30:4). The answer to each question is an obvious negative. and they could not name his son. He had neither ascended nor descended.humbling of yourself ought to be easy. the greatest born of women. "For what man knoweth the things of a man. And what would His ascent or descent have to do with knowledge. and through him. if thou canst tell? Who can find out wisdom? No man has! No man can! No man will! Wisdom is a matter of revelation from God. and to him. Wisdom is beyond the reach of mortal men. The seven rhetorical questions are a device teaching man's inability to discover the real truth and wisdom of the universe. 31:1). and wisdom? Nothing! . Agur proceeded to teach that every inspired word of God is pure and necessary (Pr 30:5). 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. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments. Putting trust in God and His words was the surest defense against dangers in this world or the next. are all things: to whom be glory for ever. understanding. or returned back to earth to teach them? No man! Having confessed his own ignorance (Pr 30:2-3). for He fills heaven and earth (Jer 23:24). The knowledge of God and wisdom is only by inspired revelation! Proverbs 30 is an appendix to Solomon's proverbs. Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven. Furthermore. Agur. and what is his son's name. Neither can they refer to God. The seven rhetorical questions here are to prove that no man can find out God or wisdom by human effort. then by proving man's inability to find out God and wisdom (Pr 30:4).

The wisdom of God is revealed supernaturally through inspiration. We have seen above that the first two questions create a hypothetical alternative. for the Word had not yet been made flesh (Luke 1:35. No wonder David considered God's word so very delightful and precious (Ps 19:7-11). If there is such a man. we cannot take any away (Pr 30:5). Since every word is pure. to lay the foundation and build upon it? No man! God proved Job's inferior wisdom and power by these very considerations (Job 38:4-7). And Agur will conclude his introduction by identifying that perfect wisdom in the inspired words of God's Holy Scriptures (Pr 30:5-6)! The wisdom of God is too high for man to reach (Job 11:5-12). Did God ascend? Or did He descend? Applying the questions to God creates confusion. The rhetorical questions are nonsensical. Those who see an allusion to eternal generation here have only found an illusion. like God. Though he might look and search in many places. Wisdom is a matter of revelation: God must give it by inspiration (Deut 29:29). Who. Is 7:14. And Solomon reasoned about wisdom's great value through God's use of it to create the world and settle the mountains (Pr 8:25-26). 12:32." God and His name of Jehovah were well known by all three men (Pr 30:5. David and Isaiah knew God's Son was future (Ps 89:19-37. clouds.The first two questions are also connected by the coordinating conjunction "or. nor had any man come from heaven with it. it is our blessing to value and treasure every single word of His inspired Scriptures (Pr 30:5-6. 147:7-8. what is his son's name? They had to answer in the negative. Do not take away from them nor add to them (Deut 4:2. 38:33-37). Jer 10:13. like God. He proceeded further to humiliate man in the face of God's glorious creation. if they are merely answered with "God. And David and Jeremiah taught the same (Ps 135:5-7. and he cannot find out God's knowledge or wisdom by himself (Is 8:20). John 1:14). Jer 10:13. Since only God has the infinite wisdom implied by our proverb. Who. And David and Jeremiah taught the same (Ps 135:5-7. God did not yet have a son. Rom 10:6-8). he will not find it by any natural means (Job 28:12-28). The questioning is rather rhetorical about man. The seven questions are not simply answered with "God. It is our privilege and duty to see a dark saying here (Pr 1:6). Agur taught Ithiel and Ucal man's great dependence on God for wisdom. but that is not his argument. Rev 22:18-19). not one! Agur pressed further. The last two questions create an unanswerable dilemma." The middle three questions are true of God. Matt 4:4). and earth. not childish questioning. They already knew that. has the wisdom and power to control and harness the wind in his fists? No man! God proved Job's inferior wisdom and power by a consideration of the wind (Job 37:14-27). 51:16). Agur did not teach Ithiel and Ucal that God had created the wind.9). And we are told not to add our words (Pr 30:6). 9:6). What is learned by supplying "God" and "Jesus"? Nothing! Agur taught there is no man or son that has the wisdom of the blessed God. 37:11-24. Agur knew it to be true of himself and all men. and then men have no need for trips to heaven or across the sea for it (Deut 30:11-14. Who. like God. Is there any such man? No. so he convinced his students by these rhetorical questions. many seek mystical allusions where there are none. has the wisdom and power to gather large amounts of water in the clouds? No man! God proved Job's inferior wisdom and power by a consideration of the water in clouds (Job 36:24-33. Their desperate efforts to find support for Origen's hallucination are again found wanting. He taught them that no man had wisdom even close to that of the blessed Creator God. Let us hold fast to a Bible that is word perfect and keep every precept in it (Ps 119:128). There is neither man nor son that knows or understands these things! They are too high and wonderful for man (Ps 131:1). As in the personification of wisdom (Pr 8:22-31). . Man has no knowledge or wisdom of his own. Who created all things by understanding. has the wisdom and power to establish all the ends of earth. No man had gone to heaven to get wisdom." which positively indicates a hypothetical alternative. 51:16).

He made all things by His power. I Cor 1:30-31). Eph 4:9). Heb 1:3). and He upholds all things by the word of His power (John 1:3.No mortal man can ascend up to heaven. But Jesus Christ descended and then ascended to sit at God's right hand (John 3:13. and He has been made wisdom for you (Col 2:3. . to obtain wisdom. nor descend from it. Col 1:17. by Him all things consist. In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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