DEEP MATTERS: Agur, The Oracles of

I’m the most ignorant of men,

Man’s understanding, that I do not have.

Wisdom I have not learnt;

nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.


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Who has gone up to the heavens and come down,

gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands,

wrapped up the waters in his cloak, established all the ends of the earth?

Who? What is his name,

and that of his son?

Tell me if you know!


Every word of God is flawless.

He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.

Do not add to His words,

or He will rebuke and call you a liar.


Two things I ask of you Lord:

Don’t refuse me before I die,

Keep falsehood and and lies away from me.

Give me neither poverty nor riches,

but give me only my daily bread.

Otherwise, Lord:

I may have too much and disown you,

and say: Who is the Lord?

Or, I may become poor and steal,

and so dishonor the name of the Lord.


There are those who curse their fathers,

and do not bless their mothers;

Those who are pure in their own eyes,

and yet not cleansed of their filth.

Those whose eyes are so haughty,

whose glances are so disdainful.

Those whose teeth are swords;

and whose jaws are set with knives;

to devour the poor from the earth,

and the needy from among mankind.


There are three things that are never satisfied,

Four that never say enough:

The grave,

the barren womb,

land, which is never satisfied with water

and fire.


There are three things that are too amazing to me,

four that I do not understand:

the way of an eagle in the sky,

the way of a snake on the rock,

the way of a ship on the high seas,

and the way of a man and a maiden.


Under three things the earth trembles,

under four, it cannot bear up:

A servant who becomes king,

and a fool who is full of food.

An unloved woman who is married,

and a maid-servant who displaces her mistress.


Four things on earth are small,

yet they are extremely wise:

Ants: creatures of little strength, yet they store their food in summer

Conies: little power they have, yet they make up their homes in crags

Lizards: it can be caught with the hand, yet it’s found in the King’s palace.


There are three things that are stately in their stride,

Four that move with a stately bearing:

A lion: Mighty among beasts, he retreats before nothing.

A strutting cock;

A he-goat;

and a King, with his army around him.


If you are foolishly bragging or planning something evil,

Stop it now!

If you churn milk, you get butter.

If you pound on your nose, you get blood.

If you stay angry, you get in trouble

Customized and Adopted by Lewis Wafula 18.04.2018









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