Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
– Proverbs 30:7
Verses 7-9 bring Agur’s opening to a close with the only prayer in the book of Proverbs. The word for require means to ask or request. It can mean demand, but probably is not that forceful here. The request is given for the timeframe of his mortal life—before I die. His concern is to end his life well and with wisdom. From the following verses of the prayer, wisdom entails controlling speech and natural desires (Proverbs 15:16; 19:1, 22).