“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of Agur, cont’d

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Sayings of Agur,” cont’d, Proverbs 30:18) There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:  19) The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.  20) Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.  21) For three things the earth is disquieted (trembles), and for four which it cannot bear:  22) For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;  Ecclesiastes 10:7.  23) For an odious (unloved) woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to (or displaces) her mistress.  24) There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:  25) The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;  Proverbs 6:6.  26) The conies (kin to woodchucks) are but a feeble folk, yet make their houses in the rocks;  Leviticus 11:5.  27) The locust have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands (gathered together);  28) The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.  29) There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely (stately) in going:  30) A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;  31) A greyhound; and he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.  32) If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.  Micah 7:16.  33) Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood:  so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v18, 19, The term translated virgin (maid) could also read “young woman” in this context.  v20, This Verse contrasts with the way of v. 19; this way is awful whereas the former is wonderful.  The adulterous woman regards her illicit sexual actions without remorse, as if she were finishing a plate of food.

Quest Study Bible – v21-23, What is so frightening abut these four things?  The potential for harm.  In each example someone is elevated to prominent status without being prepared for it.  These cases describe people who likely had been oppressed, but were now put in power where they could take out their frustration on others.  The maidservant who displeases her mistress brings to mind Hagar, who “displaced” her mistress Sarah by having Abraham’s child (Genesis 16:1-6).  v29-31, What can we learn from four things stately in their stride?  As these images suggest.  It is a grand, majestic sign to watch a leader move confidently forward to meet a challenge!  A king’s real leadership is not seen while he is seated on his throne, but when he leads his army to face the enemy.  These examples teach us that boldness and courage are virtues to be desired. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 18-20.  Four things cannot be fully known.  The kingdom of nature is full of marvels. The fourth is a mystery of iniquity; the cursed arts by which a vile seducer gains the affections of a female; and the arts which a vile woman used to conceal her wickedness.  21-23.  Four sorts of persons are very troublesome.  Men of low origin and base spirit, who getting authority, become tyrants.  Foolish and violent men indulging in excesses.  A woman of a contentious spirit and vicious habits.  A servant who has obtained undue influence.  Let those whom Providence (GOD) has advanced from low beginnings, carefully watch against that sin which most easily besets (persistently threatens) them.  24-28.  Four things that are little, are yet to be admired.  There are those who are poor in the world, and of small account, yet wise for their souls and another world.  29-33.  We may learn from animals to go (proceed) well; also to keep our temper under all provocations (attempts to incite anger).  We must keep the evil thought in our minds from breaking out into evil speeches.  We must not stir up the passions of others.  Let nothing be said or done with violence, but every thing with softness and calmness.  Let us humble ourselves before the Lord our King!  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You. 

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