Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 30:18

There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Four which I do not understand:
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adultery;   Lasciviousness;   Riddle;   The Topic Concordance - Adultery;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ships;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Proverb, the Book of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Pardon;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Serpent;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Solomon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Proverbs, Book of;   Song of Solomon;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Agur;   Jakeh;   Massa;   Proverb;   Proverbs, Book of;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Four;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Four;   Number;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Numbers and Numerals;   Serpent;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

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"There are three things which are too wonderful for me,

Yea, four which I know not:

The way of an eagle in the air;

The way of a serpent on a rock;

The way of a ship in the midst of the sea;

And the way of a man with a maiden.

So is the way of an adulterous woman;

She eateth, and wipeth her mouth,

And saith, I have done no wickedness."

In the preceding tetrad, the concurrence of the four things was in their insatiable nature; here the quadruple likeness is that, "They leave no trace behind them."[18] Fritsch wrote that the reference in the fourth instance here was, "To sexual union, or possibly defloration";[19] but his support of that opinion was weak.

Of course, the adulteress that eats and wipes her mouth is a metaphor describing her casual immorality and has nothing to do with eating.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-30.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

There be three things which are too wonderful for me,.... Which were above his reach and comprehension; what he could not find out, nor account for, nor sufficiently admire;

yea, four things which I know not; the way of them; as follows.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-30.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

Wonderful — The way whereof I cannot trace.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/proverbs-30.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 30:18 There be three [things which] are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

Ver. 18. There be three things which are too wonderful.] The wisest man that is cannot give a reason for all things; such as the ebbing and flowing of the sea, of the colours in the rainbow, of the strength of the nether chap, and of the heat in the stomach, which consumeth all other things, and yet not the parts about it. Agur here confesseth himself gravelled in four things at least, and benighted.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-30.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The way whereof I cannot trace or find out.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-30.html. 1685.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) Too wonderful for me.—The wonder in Agur’s eyes seems to be that none of the four leave any trace behind them. (Comp. Wisdom of Solomon 5:10 sqq.) For a spiritual interpretation of these and other passages in this chapter, comp. Bishop Wordsworth’s Commentary.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/proverbs-30.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
too
Job 42:3; Psalms 139:6
Reciprocal: Proverbs 6:16 - six;  Micah 5:5 - seven

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-30.html.