1. The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.
The man declares, I am weary, O God;
I am weary, O God, and worn out.
2. Surely I am too stupid to be a man.
I have not the understanding of a man.
3. I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
4. Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
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,
lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Comment: There are as I look 3 parts to this short passage.
- 1-3. An honest confession of ignorance. Ignorance leading to despair and a failure to know God. But behind it I sense a deep desire for this to change.
- 4. He expresses a desire to know something about the Creator. He mentions the heavens, whatever that means to him, but I assume the world both physical and moral beyond what we can see around us. The winds, the waters and the ends of the earth are mentioned, I think this is meant to include everything on the physical earth he knew and even beyond his limited knowledge of the land. ‘Who’ is the ‘who’ who has an answer he wants to know? He wants a name and interestingly his son’s name. Is this prophetic of God the Father and the Son?
- 5&6. Suddenly he finds an answer! God, whose word is truth, Who is Himself a refuge and shield, and whose word is enough.
From a timing point of view he could not have meant the Bible by God’s word but by then the pentateuch about God’s law and dealings with the Jews and some of he history books of the OT and some of the literature books, like psalms and Job were available.They were the Word of God and the writer strongly recommends them.
Prayer: Help me to find the answer which the author did, please.