By GL Jones
A comparison of the King James and the New Life Translation Versions of Proverbs 30.
The Words of Agur (Proverbs 30:1-8 Part 1) KJV:
1- The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
2- Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3- I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
4- Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
5- Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6- Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
7- Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
8- Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
The Sayings of Agur (Proverbs 30:1-8 Part 1) NLT:
1- The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message.I am weary, O God;I am weary and worn out, O God.
2- I am too stupid to be human,and I lack common sense.
3- I have not mastered human wisdom,nor do I know the Holy One.
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!
5- Every word of God proves true.He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
6- Do not add to his words,or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
7- O God, I beg two favors from you;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.