Proverbs 30:7

ESV Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:
NIV Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
NASB Two things I have asked of You; Do not refuse me before I die:
CSB Two things I ask of you; don't deny them to me before I die:
NLT O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
KJV Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

What does Proverbs 30:7 mean?

Humbly, Agur (Proverbs 30:1) asks the Lord for two things. The following verses name those things and why he thinks they are important (Proverbs 30:8–9). Specifically, he asks to be free from deceit and to have exactly the right amount of resources. More broadly, Agur is asking God to provide spiritual guidance, to meet his basic needs, and to keep him from the temptations of excess.

A life that honors the Lord exhibits honesty and gratitude. When believers contemplate death, they are motivated to honor God before they go to be with Him. The apostle Paul underwent a lengthy and dangerous courtroom trial. He hoped he would not be ashamed but would honor Christ, whether the authorities granted him life or sentenced him to death (Philippians 1:20). He testifies, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). Eventually, he was released from prison, took another missions trip, but was apprehended again. As he faced execution, he looked beyond death: "Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8). Every believer should honor the Lord in life and death.
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