Proverbs 30

Review & Analysis:  Agur (v. 1) translated from Latin is understood as one who writes … To begin (vv. 2-3), an admission of stupidity is in comparison to God (cp.  Job 11:8-9, Prov. 3:5-7) … These (v. 4) question and probe the mystery of God and His Holy Name … That which we don’t understand, whatever it is, God does (2 Sam. 22:31) … The Word of God is pure, in need of no additions (vv. 5-6, cp. Job 24:22-25) … But we do anyway, including this blog?! … This request (vv. 7-9), a prayer of sorts, is Agur’s admission of vulnerabilities … These sayings (vv. 10-31) are led by ALEPH, the first of 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet … This was possibly done to the benefit children, teaching them their ABC’s and wisdom at the same time … Agur is aware of generational conflicts (vv. 10-14) … Some of dying (vv. 15-16) is beyond our ability to understand … As is how we got here in the first place (vv. 18-19) … The earth itself won’t tolerate some things (vv. 21-23) … Nature clearly displays our LORD’s intelligence and integrity (vv. 24-28) … Early music composers used profound harmonic designs to reflect the many ways in which God’s creation harmonizes with itself … Two verses (vv. 17, 20) seem apart for the others … We end (vv. 32-33) with advice that leads to a peaceful life … I read somewhere the French mathematician Blaise Pascal (see “Pascal’s Wager”) began each day of each month reading the day coinciding chapter of the Book of Proverbs, there being 31 chapters and days in most months … After going through this study, I more fully appreciate why.