Proverbs 30 begins telling us that the sayings in this chapter are from Agur, who is the son of Jakeh. Agur is speaking to Ithiel. Let’s look at Proverbs 30 to see what Agur has to say.
An Introduction To 3 Men At The Beginning Of Proverbs 30
I don’t remember anyone else besides Solomon and Lemuel mentioned when reading Proverbs before this month. I’m going to introduce these other people to you.
Agur– Agur was Never mentioned before! This name actually means “Stranger, gathered together.” Another interpretation is that Agur means “the one who is brave in the pursuit of wisdom.” https://www.gotquestions.org/Agur-Proverbs.html. This link can give you some more information on Agur, Jakeh and Ithiel. There are a few thoughts as to who these men were.
Jakeh- the father of Agur
Ithiel- Agur wrote these sayings to Ithiel. Some say that Ithiel’s name means ” God is with me.” Ithiel is mentioned in Nehemiah 11:7. He was a Benjamite, son of Jesaiah. He and Ucal were the two people that Agur delivered his discourse to, in Proverbs 30. I read that Agur was stating his burden to Ithiel.
Agur Speaking To Ithiel
Verse 1 “I am weary God, but I can prevail. These verses at the beginning of this chapter are better understood using the New Living Translation.
The NLT states this verse as “I am weary, O God;
I am weary and worn out, O God.
Verse 2 “I am too stupid to be human,Proverbs 30:2
and I lack common sense.
I have not mastered human wisdom,
nor do I know the Holy One.”
This reminds me of verses throughout Proverbs that speak of someone who thinks of himself as one who is not very bright(smart).
Agur’s Description Of God
Verse 4 “Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?Proverbs 30:4
Who holds the wind in his fists?
Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak?
Who has created the whole wide world?
What is his name—and his son’s name?
Tell me if you know!”
No one but God goes to heaven and comes back down. He holds the wind in his fists! He created the whole wide world! His sons name is Jesus!
More Verses Proving God’s Word Is True
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.”Proverbs 30:5
Verse 6 “Do not add to his words,
or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.” Deuteronomy 4:2
2 Favor’s He Asks
Verses 7-8 “O God, I beg two favors from you;Proverbs 30:7-8
let me have them before I die.
8 First, help me never to tell a lie.
Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.“
Do you remember many of the verses that talk about not being so rich that you don’t think of others? He asks God to give him neither poverty nor riches. Give him just enough to satisfy his needs.
Verse 9 “For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”Proverbs 30:9
And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”
It is true, many who are rich(not all) deny God. They live their own life and please themselves. They believe that they achieve what they have by themselves.
More Daily Lessons In Proverbs
Verse 10– Don’t slander your co-worker or your neighbor
“Some people curse their fatherProverbs 30:11-14
and do not thank their mother.
12 They are pure in their own eyes,
but they are filthy and unwashed.
13 They look proudly around,
casting disdainful glances.
14 They have teeth like swords
and fangs like knives.
They devour the poor from the earth
and the needy from among humanity.”
How many verses have we read about respecting and honoring our parents? How about pride? And using our mouth and our tongue to devour other people? Almost every chapter covers this!
Verse 15-The leech(bloodsucker) cries out “more, more!”
3 Things they are never satisfied with! 4 things that never say enough!
- Barren womb
- Thirsty desert
- Blazing fire
Verse 17 “The eye that mocks a father
and despises a mother’s instructions
will be plucked out by ravens of the valley
and eaten by vultures.”
Therefore, we need to honor our parents!
There are three things that amaze me—
No, four things that I don’t understand: How an…
- Eagle glides through the sky,
- Snake slithers on a rock,
- Ship navigates the ocean
- Man loves a woman.
Verse 20 “An adulterous woman consumes a man,
then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
Do you remember a few chapters and other random verses about an adulterous woman? Along with adulterous women, many people ask “what’s wrong with that?” They don’t consider what they’re doing as wrong. Some don’t think about their sin. They move on and do something else foolish!
Make The Earth Tremble!
3 things make the earth tremble, 4 it cannot endure
- Slave who becomes king
- Overbearing fool who prospers
- Bitter woman finally gets a husband
- Servant girl supplants her mistress (usurp the place of)
Small But Wise!
Also, there are 4 things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Verses 25-28
- Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.
- Hyraxes[e]—they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.
- Locusts—they have no king,but they march in formation.
- Lizards—they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces.
Walk With Stately Stride!
There are 3 things that walk with stately stride—
no, 4 that strut about: Verses 29-31
- Lion (king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything)
- Strutting rooster
- Male Goat
- King (as he leads his army)
Verse 33 “As the beating of cream yields butter
and striking the nose causes bleeding,
so stirring up anger causes quarrels.” (Proverbs 26:25-28)