Proverbs 30:24
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New International Version
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

New Living Translation
There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:

English Standard Version
Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

New American Standard Bible
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

King James Bible
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

International Standard Version
Four things on earth are small, but they are very, very wise:

NET Bible
There are four things on earth that are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Four things are small in the Earth, and they are wiser than the wise:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Four things on earth are small, yet they are very wise:

Jubilee Bible 2000
There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are wiser than the wise men:

King James 2000 Bible
There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

American King James Version
There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

American Standard Version
There are four things which are little upon the earth, But they are exceeding wise:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There are four very little things of the earth, and they are wiser than the wise:

Darby Bible Translation
There are four [things] little upon the earth, and they are exceeding wise:

English Revised Version
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

Webster's Bible Translation
There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are very wise:

World English Bible
"There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:

Young's Literal Translation
Four are little ones of earth, And they are made wiser than the wise:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

30:24-28. Four things that are little, are yet to be admired. There are those who are poor in the world, and of small account, yet wise for their souls and another world. 29-33. We may learn from animals to go well; also to keep our temper under all provocations. We must keep the evil thought in our minds from breaking out into evil speeches. We must not stir up the passions of others. Let nothing be said or done with violence, but every thing with softness and calmness. Alas, how often have we done foolishly in rising up against the Lord our King! Let us humble ourselves before him. And having found peace with Him, let us follow peace with all men.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 24-28. - Four things small and weak, and yet wise. Verse 24. - There be four things which are little upon the earth, in contrast with the intolerable pretensions of the last group. The Vulgate has minima; but the original is not superlative, which would not be true of some of the creatures named. But they are exceeding wise; "quick of wit, wise," the participle מְחֻכִּמִים meaning "rendered wise, cunning" (Delitzsch). The Septuagint and Vulgate translate in the comparatives. "These are wiser than the wise," the instincts of these animals being more marvellous than human wisdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There be four things which are little upon the earth,.... Small in bulk, that have little bodies, are the lesser sort of animals;

but they are exceeding wise; show a great deal of art and wisdom in what they do; or "but they are wise, made wise" (e) by the instinct of nature, by the direction of Providence, by which they do things that are surprising. Some versions, that have no regard to the points, read the words, "but their are wiser than the wise" (f); than even wise men; wise men may learn much from the least of creatures; see Job 12:7.

(e) "sapientia, sapientia imbuta"; Heb. "sapientificata", Piscator, Gejerus. (f) "Sapientiora sapientibus", so Sept. V. L. Arabic and Syriac versions; "sapientia superant, vel prudentissimos", Tigurine version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24-31. These verses provide two classes of apt illustrations of various aspects of the moral world, which the reader is left to apply. By the first (Pr 30:25-28), diligence and providence are commended; the success of these insignificant animals being due to their instinctive sagacity and activity, rather than strength. The other class (Pr 30:30, 31) provides similes for whatever is majestic or comely, uniting efficiency with gracefulness.

Proverbs 30:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Words of Agur
23Under an unloved woman when she gets a husband, And a maidservant when she supplants her mistress. 24Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

Proverbs 30:23
a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.

Proverbs 30:25
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
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Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of …

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