Agur’s Oracle

Proverbs 30:1-9

1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle.
Thus says the man: I am weary, O God,
I am weary, O God. How can I prevail?
2 Surely I am too stupid to be human;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the holy ones.
4 Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of the hand?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is the person’s name?
And what is the name of the person’s child?
Surely you know!
5 Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words,
or else he will rebuke you, and you will be found a liar.
7 Two things I ask of you;
do not deny them to me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that I need,
9 or I shall be full, and deny you,
and say, “Who is the LORD?”
or I shall be poor, and steal,
and profane the name of my God.”  NRSV

I have read through the Bible, cover to cover, many times. I must confess, however, I do recall ever reading this passage from Proverbs. I am stunned by this omission. This is one of the purest expressions of faith I may have ever read. Verses 8 and 9 are a powerful testimony to the tempting forces in our world that, way too often, with haunting ease, distract us from the conditions for being in right relationship with God. Agur’s words should be writ large on all of our hearts.

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