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Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Any Condition Any Condition. See all Compare similar products. You Are Viewing. But this also will be provided, according as each day requires. Profane the name of my God : Agur wanted neither poverty nor riches out of concern that either extreme might lead him to profane the name of God. He did not want to be so poor that he would use poverty as an excuse to sin lest I be poor and steal.
Either path would profane the name of God. If a wise man like Agur was tempted to allow riches to profane the name of my God , we must also be on guard. And profane the name of my God : We instinctively want to honor and even protect the name of our God, even if our god is an idol. Do not malign a servant to his master : This proverb has to do with harsh, unfair criticism malign spoken to another about a third party not present.
If it is wrong to do this in regard to a servant , it is even worse to do it against someone else.
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His work relationship with his master is between the two of them; one should no more interfere here than one would interfere in a matter involving a superior or an equal. Lest he curse you : The one spoken against may rightfully speak a curse against the one who secretly maligns others. The curse may in fact come to pass if the one who maligns is found guilty of the offense.
Proverbs , for there is a Judge. There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.
The leech has two daughters— Give and Give! That generation sows seeds of conflict that will grow into a bitter harvest of personal and community strife. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes : The generation that is blind to their own sinful need will never be washed from its filthiness.
When we ignore or cover our sin, it never gets resolved. Jesus condemned the self-righteous Pharisees of murder and of belonging to this generation. Such hypocrisy is harmful in every walk of life. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords : The generation filled with greed devours everything as if their teeth were swords and their fangs like knives.
They devour the poor from off the earth and, like the leech , can never be satisfied give and give. They vent their wantonness only where there is little or no power of resistance as they devour the poor. This leech could be found in all stale waters of Palestine and attached itself above all in nostrils and palate of drinking horses.
As was with the pattern back at Proverbs , the formula three and then four implies that the list is specific but not exhaustive. The grave, the barren womb : The dead never seem to stop dying and the grave of humanity never seems to be filled.
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The barren womb feels the ache of its emptiness and what is often felt like an unfulfilled purpose. How impatient was Rachel! The earth that is not satisfied with water—and the fire : The earth seems to continually drink and absorb the water poured out upon it, and fire will burn as long as there is fuel to burn. The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.
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The eye that mocks his father : This eye belongs to the fool, the one who mocks and disobeys father and mother. This upsets the social order and sets the generations in conflict. The ravens of the valley will pick it out : Agur used a vivid poetic description to tell of the ruin waiting for the child who mocks and scorns their parents. The poetic image is doubled, sending multiple ravens and young eagles to do the terrible but fitting work.
This fool was blind in his mocking and disobedience; this poetic image tells of a fit penalty for someone so morally and spiritually blind. Many of the disobedient to parents have come to an untimely end , and, in the field of battle , where many a profligate has fallen, and upon gibbets , have actually become the prey of ravenous birds.
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin. Three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four : Agur gave no advice in the proverb, but reminded us all that there are things that are too wonderful for our complete understanding, things we should simply be amazed at and a bit humbled in the presence of.
Agur gave his list of four amazing things. There are many suggestions, and they can collectively be true. The way of an eagle in the air : The flight of a majestic eagle amazes us with its power, height, and grace. The way of a serpent on a rock : The serpent suns itself on the rock, yet is ready to flee at the slightest disturbance — and can slither itself over hard and sharp rock without injury!
The way of a ship in the midst of the sea : A ship is so small in the midst of the sea , yet it virtually conquers the sea by using it as a road for travel and trade. The way of a man with a virgin : The power of young love and its desire seems that it would overwhelm both a man and a virgin , but they marry and make a productive life together. So the most intimate moments of love are at the heart of what the sage considers to be wonderful. This is the way of the adulterous woman : Like Solomon, Agur presented his wisdom in proverbs to his son or a young man.
Surely this proverb also applies to the adulterous man, but because of his audience he has first in view the way of the adulterous woman. She eats and wipes her mouth : Since this woman is characterized by her adultery, her eating here is a tasteful reference to her sin of adultery.
She satisfies her hunger for adultery, then according to this poetic picture casually wipes her mouth and considers herself blameless I have done no wickedness.
This adulterous woman represents many who sin against God, their marriage, their family, their community, their partner in adultery, and their own bodies yet consider it no wickedness at all. She eats : Once before in Proverbs, eating was used as a symbol of sexual activity Proverbs For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up: For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food, A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.
For three things the earth is perturbed : Using the three-and-four phrasing once again previously in Proverbs and 18 , Agur spoke of four things that trouble the earth , that are fundamentally not right. Agur gave his list of four unbearable things. He meant a man with a servile, debased mind, who thought and lived as a slave instead of a free man. It is unbearable when such a man reigns.
A fool when he is filled with food : When a fool is satisfied, it only rewards his folly and gives him the energy and the resources to be even more foolish. This, Agur tells us, is unbearable. A hateful woman when she is married : This is unbearable because the hateful woman should never be able to find a husband, and there seems to be a fundamental injustice when she does.
It is also unbearable for her husband and her family, to live with a hateful woman. A maidservant who succeeds her mistress : This case is similar to the previously described servant when he reigns. When the social order is upset and unworthy ones dominate the culture, it becomes unbearable. There are four things which are little on the earth : Agur looked to the world of animals and noted four small animals little on the earth , yet they are exceedingly wise.
No human trained them in their wisdom; they are truly taught of God — and so we may also be. There are big fools and those who are small and not just wise , but exceedingly so. Agur listed these four examples which each teach a principle of wisdom. Their wisdom is shown in that they prepare their food in the summer. Hard work can overcome individual weakness. What must be the thoughtlessness of men who make no provision for the coming eternity! But they wisely make their homes in the crags and make the strength of the rock their own strength.
Find refuge among the strong. Yet they have the wisdom to advance in ranks , overwhelming anything that is in their way.
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