It is the 30th day of the month, which means we should be studying chapter 30 of Proverbs. I notice verses 5 and 6 which states, “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.”
This chapter starts with Agur’s confession then questions pertaining to God then a sequence of thoughts about different things in numbers of 2 and 4 items or thoughts.
Agur’s confession – verses 1- 3
- I am weary, O God
- I am weary and worn out, O God
- I am too stupid to be human
- And I lack common sense
- I have not mastered human wisdom
- Nor do I know the Holy One
Agur’s questions regarding God – verse 4
- Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?
- 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!
Agur begs for two favors – verses 7 – 9
- First, help me never to tell a lie
- Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
- Give me just enough to satisfy my needs
- For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?”
- And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name
The beginning of Agur’s wise sayings – verses 10 – 14
- Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it
- Some people curse their fathers and do not thank their mothers
- They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed
- They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances
- They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives
- They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity
The leech has two suckers that cry out, “More, more!” – verse 15
There are three things that are never satisfied–no, four that never say, “Enough!” – verses 15 – 16
- The grave
- The barren womb
- A thirsty desert
- The blazing Fire
A father is not to be mocked and a mother’s instruction should not be despised – verse 17
- The eye that mocks a father and looks with a disobedient attitude at a mother-the valley ravens will pluck it out; and vultures will eat it
There are three things that amaze me–no, four things that I don’t understand – verses 18 – 19
- How an eagle glides through the sky
- How a snake slithers on a rock
- How a ship navigates the ocean
- How a man loves woman
An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, “What’s wrong with that?” – verse 20
There are three things that make the earth tremble–no, four it cannot endure – verses 21 – 23
- A slave who becomes a king
- An overbearing fool who prospers
- A bitter woman who finally gets a husband
- A servant girl who supplants her mistress
There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise – verses 24 – 28
- Ants –they aren’t strong but they store up food all summer
- Hyraxes(rock badgers)–they aren’t powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks
- Locusts–they have no king, but they mark in formation
- Lizards–they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings’ palaces
There are three things that walk with stately stride–no, four that strut about: – verses 29 – 31
- The lion, king of animals, who won’t turn aside for anything
- The strutting rooster,
- The male goat,
- A king as he leads his army
As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels – verse 33
In this list today you will find things that one should consider praying about especially verse 32 that speaks of plotting evil. Unacceptable for sure.
There other things that one should pray about as well within this chapter. The items under verse 11 would be a great place to start when you go to prayer time. Things like:
- Those who mock their fathers and don’t thank their mothers
- Those who view themselves as pure, but haven’t been cleansed from their own filth
- Those who arrogantly look like they have it! They raise their eyebrows haughtily
- Those who devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among mankind
Something to consider as you go to Prayer.