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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of Agur: “It Is Not Enough”: Proverbs 30:15-17

15) The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give. There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four [things] say not, [It is] enough:
16) The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is] enough.
17) The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

In this chapter we may have a new author, a man by the name of Agur.  Very little is known about this man but, from the context of our text, it seems as if he is a teacher who is instructing his two students Ithiel and Ucal.

 

EXPOSITION:

Agur now gives to us several pictures of dissatisfaction and unfulfilled lusts…

15) The horseleach hath two daughters, [crying], Give, give. There are three [things that] are never satisfied, [yea], four [things] say not, [It is] enough:
1.  The leech which is constantly crying for more blood
2.  has two others that follow its example and shares in its unsatisfied desires…
3.  there are three things that are never filled and content
4.  there are four things that do not utter “I need no more”

In this opening verse of our text, Agur sets the stage for what is about to come.  All of this section will be addressing those who possess selfish desires which are never satiated….

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.”  (2 Peter 2:12-17)

 

16) The grave; and the barren womb; the earth [that] is not filled with water; and the fire [that] saith not, [It is] enough.
Four other examples from nature of things which cannot be satisfied are:
1.  The grave – which will always be willing and able to receive more bodies of those who have died.
2.  The barren womb – which is constantly seeking to bear a child, yet will never give birth.
3.  The dry earth – which will always need rain to keep it moist and fruitful.
4.  The fire – needs a constant flow of fuel to extend its life.

These all help us to understand the condition of the sinful heart which is filled with lusts which can never bring true satisfaction and contentment.

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”  (Proverbs 27:20)

 

17) The eye [that] mocketh at [his] father, and despiseth to obey [his] mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Agur now uses two final examples (ravens and eagles) to complete his theme….
1.  The person who perceives his father as one to be ridiculed and slighted
2.  The person who shows no respect to submission to the loving authority of their mother
3.  The ravens that live in the lush valley shall peck out the eye
4.  The eagles that have youthful strength and ability shall consume it.

Here we are told that the Lord’s judgments upon the haughty and prideful (ravens and eagles) will not be satisfied.  On the contrary, the Lord will continue to bring discipline upon those who are full of disobedience as long as disobedience exists in the world.  He will never grow weary nor lax in His judgment against of sin. His justice will never be satisfied as long as sin is unpunished.

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”  (Galatians 3:10)

 

SUMMARY:

Due to the sinful lusts that dwell within all mankind, we find ourselves constantly desiring that which will never satisfy nor bring lasting contentment.  These same desires, when acted upon, bring forth a certainty of judgment from the Lord, for all sin must be judged.  Just as the sinful desires of man are never satisfied, so to the judgment of God upon those sins.  The major question for each of us is this….

Must we stand and face the judgment of God for our sins or has the punishment for our sins been paid thought the death of Christ on the cross?

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”   (Ephesians 5:1-2)

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jesse Singh says:

    Keep up the great work, you made it very easy to understand. Thank you so much!

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Insightful and relevant in light of Black Friday where the lust for more materials and are not content, not even with the day before of “Thanksgiving”

  3. james1948 says:

    Very good lesson. We are never satisfied.

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