Summary: This is a verse by verse look at Proverbs chapter thirty.
Pearls From Proverbs – Chapter Thirty
Proverbs 30:1 (NASB) The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
G. Campbell Morgan has said, "This and the following chapter constitute an appendix to the Book of Proverbs. It is impossible to say who Agur was. In this selection from his writings we have an introduction, in which he arms the fact of man's little wisdom, and then utters the memorable prayer which reveals his fear of Jehovah and his desire for that balanced life which is one of safety."
"From the prayer to the end of the chapter we have his observations on various matters affecting conduct. In this the first section opens with a proverb (verse Pro 30:10). Then follow descriptions of four evil generations and of "four things" perpetually dissatisfied. The second section opens with a proverb (verse Pro 30:17), and is followed by four groups of four things. The first four excite wonder, the second four, terror; the third four are little things, but exceeding wise; the final four are stately things. The whole movement ends with a proverb (verses Pro 30:32-33)."
Proverbs 30:2 (NASB) Surely I am more stupid than any man, And I do not have the understanding of a man.
Surely all of us should be able to make this statement at some point or another. We have all made stupid mistakes and unwise decisions. But God is infinite and He is all wise. Certain aspects of his nature will always remain a mystery to us. If we think we are more wise than other people - it will become pride.
Proverbs 30:3 (NASB) Neither have I learned wisdom, Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.
I know a little - yet my little is not much. All of the wisdom that I have comes from God - yet I do not have the wisdom of Him. Consider the questions that God asked Job if you think you possess knowledge.
Proverbs 30:4 (NASB) Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
Benson has said, "What mere man hath ascended into heaven to learn the mind of God, who dwells there? None have."
Chuck Smith said of this verse, "He's talking about God. He's talking about the things that are in God's category. Paul tells us, "He who has ascended is the same one who first of all descended. And when He ascended, He led the captives or led the captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men" ( Eph 4:8-9 ). So, "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the winds in his fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth?" - what is his name? Interesting. But even more interesting, he said, what is his son's name? Referring to God's Son. And so it is an interesting question. He is speaking of the characteristics and the things that belong unto God. He said, "What is His name?" The name, of course, is Yahweh. And what is His Son's name? Yahovah Shua - Jesus.