Proverbs 30 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There is nothing known of this author Agur who writes these parables. What is clear though he admits he is nothing without the hand of God in his life, the knowledge and wisdom only He can give. As he has written of the desire to obtain perfect knowledge, this seeker of truth recognizes that it is ultimately found within the Word.
“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”– Proverbs 30:5
There is an amazing thing about the Word of God. This truth resonates to the core of every issue we may have, every stumble we may take, every situation we face. God’s Word of Truth is an imperative aspect to our daily lives to not fall into the traps of foolishness. It is to be read and heeded. This is where such knowledge to great to understand is found and where we can apply such truths daily to us.
There is a reason in the spiritual armor written by Paul and found in Ephesians 6 has the Word as a sword. It cuts through the falseness that attacks. It separates truth from fiction and is the only weapon in the armor. Not only does it protect us, it is where hope if found.
Proverbs 30 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Nelson’s Commentary gives us a brief introduction to the mysterious authors of the last two chapters of Proverbs.
“The final two chapters of Proverbs are attributed to men named Agur and Lemuel. Neither of these men are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible. Appearing in both attributions (Pro 30:1; Pro 31:1) is the Hebrew word ‘massa’, which can be translated as “burden” or “utterance,” as it is used by the prophets (Isa 17:1; Isa 19:1). The word might also be the name of a place – Massa (Gen 25:14; 1Ch 1:30). If so, the attributions might associate Agur and Lemuel with a country or a city named Massa. For instance, Pro 31:1 would begin, “The words of Lemuel, king of Massa, which his mother taught him.”Nelson’s Commentary
Even if these teachers are not from a place called Massa, they do not appear to be Israelites. There was no King Lemuel in Israel, and the name “Agur” is not formed in a typical Hebrew fashion. Agur’s name does appear in Sabean inscriptions, and in light of that foreign source, it is interesting that the teachings of Agur include some of the most religiously oriented of all the proverbs in the book.”
As always, this Chapter of Proverbs provides concise, profound truth applicable to real-life issues. Even though we don’t know much about Agur, we do know that his name means “collector.” Could it be that he was a collector of wisdom?
Agur offers many practical warnings and also writes of future generations.
“There is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. 12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filth. 13 There is a generation—how haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks.”Proverbs 30:11-13 HCSB
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?