Proverbs 30:26
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New International Version
hyraxes are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the crags;

New Living Translation
Hyraxes--they aren't powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks.

English Standard Version
the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;

New American Standard Bible
The shephanim are not mighty people, Yet they make their houses in the rocks;

King James Bible
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
hyraxes are not a mighty people, yet they make their homes in the cliffs;

International Standard Version
The rock badgers aren't a strong species either, yet they build their dens in the rocks.

NET Bible
rock badgers are creatures with little power, but they make their homes in the crags;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the rabbits that are lacking in power and make themselves houses in the rocks,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rock badgers are not a mighty species, yet they make their home in the rocks.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the conies are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks;

King James 2000 Bible
The badgers are but a feeble folk, yet they make their houses in the rocks;

American King James Version
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

American Standard Version
The conies are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the rocks;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rabbit, a weak people, which maketh its bed in the rock:

Darby Bible Translation
the rock-badgers are but a feeble folk, yet they make their house in the cliff;

English Revised Version
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

Webster's Bible Translation
The conies are but a feeble people, yet they make their houses in the rocks;

World English Bible
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.

Young's Literal Translation
Conies are a people not strong, And they place in a rock their house,
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

Verse 26. - The conies are but a feeble folk. The term "coney" (cuniculus) is applied to the rabbit, but this is not the animal here intended; and indeed rabbits are not found in Palestine. The word shaphan designates the Hyrax Syriacus, called by some the rock badger (see Hatrt, 'Animals of the Bible,' pp. 64, etc.). The coney, says Dr. Geikie ('Holy Land and Bible,' 2:90), "abounds in the gorge of the Kedron, and along the foot of the mountains west of the Dead Sea. It is of the size of the rabbit, but belongs to a very different order of animals, being placed by naturalists between the hippopotamus and rhinoceros. Its soft fur is brownish-grey over the back, with long black hairs rising through this lighter coat, and is almost white on the stomach; the tail is very short. The Jews, who were not scientific, deceived by the motion of its jaws in eating, which is exactly like that of ruminant animals, fancied it chewed the cud, though it did not divide the hoof, and so they put its flesh amidst that which was forbidden. It lives in companies, and chooses a ready-made cleft in the rocks for its home, so that, though the conies are but a 'feeble folk,' their refuge in the rocks gives them a security beyond that of stronger creatures. They are, moreover, 'exceeding wise,' so that it is very hard to capture one. Indeed, they are said, on high authority, to have sentries regularly placed on the look out while the rest are feeding; a squeak from the watchman sufficing to send the flock scudding to their holes like rabbits. The coney is found in many parts of Palestine, from Lebanon to the Dead Sea." In the rocks. This fact is noticed in Psalm'civ. 18. The Septuagint calls them χοιρογρύλλιοι here and Psalm 104:18, also in Leviticus 11:6 and Deuteronomy 14:7. This notion of the animal as a kind of little pig is not more accurate than that of St. Jerome, who renders the term by lepusculus.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The coneys are but a feeble folk,.... Or "rabbits"; though some think these creatures are not intended, because they are not so little as those with which they are ranked, the ant, the locust, and spider; and because of the places in which they burrow and make their houses, which though in holes and caverns of the earth, yet not in rocky but sandy places; rather therefore it is thought that the mountain mouse, or bear mouse (o), as Jerom calls it, is meant; of which, he says (p), there were great numbers in Palestine, and which had their habitations in the holes of rocks; though if Spain has its name from as some say, because of the multitudes of coneys in it; and hence that part of Spain called Celtiberia is called by Catullus (q) Cuniculosa; the coney may be thought to be meant by this word, and so it is translated in Leviticus 11:5; the only places where it is elsewhere used; and the word may be derived either from to "cover", by a change of the letters and or from which has the signification both of breaking, and of hiding and covering, Genesis 3:15; and this creature breaks the earth and hides itself in it (r);

yet make they their houses in the rocks; it is usual with other writers to call the receptacles of any creatures, beasts, birds, or insects, their houses so we read of the house of the ant, and of the tortoise and snail (s); and which, because it carries its house era its back, it is called by Cicero (t) "domiporta"; see Psalm 104:17; the coneys make theirs in the rocks, to cure themselves from their more potent enemies; and thus what they want in strength is made up in sagacity, and by their wise conduct they provide for their safety and protection. These are an emblem of the people of God, who are a weak and feeble people, unable of themselves to perform spiritual duties, to exercise grace, to withstand the corruptions of their nature, resist the temptations of Satan, bear up under afflictive providences, and grapple with spiritual enemies, or defend themselves from them: but such heavenly wisdom is given them, as to betake themselves for refuge and shelter to Christ, the Rock of Israel; the Rock of salvation, the Rock that is higher than they; a strong one, on which the church is built, and against which the gates of hell cannot prevail: and here they are safe from the storms of divine wrath, and the avenging justice of God; from the rage and fury of men, and the fiery darts of Satan; here they dwell safely and delightfully, and have all manner of provision at hand for them; they are the inhabitants of that Rock, who have reason to sing indeed! see Isaiah 33:16.

(o) , Sept. "choerogryllii", Vatablus; "mures montani", Junius & Tremellius, Cartwright; "arctomyes", Schultens. (p) Epist. ad Sun. & Fretelli, fol. 30, C. tom. 3.((q) Cuniculosa Celtiberia, Epigram. ad Contubernales, 35. v. 18. (r) Gaudet "in effossis habitare cuniculus antris", Martial. Epigr. l. 13. Ephesians 58. (s) Phaedri Fab. 37, 80. (t) De Divinat. l. 2. c. 64. and so by Hesiod and Anaxilas in Athenaei Deipnosoph. l. 2. c. 22. p. 63.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. conies—mountain mice, or rabbits.

Proverbs 30:26 Additional Commentaries
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The Words of Agur
25The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer; 26The shephanim are not mighty people, Yet they make their houses in the rocks; 27The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:5
The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.

Psalm 104:18
The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.
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The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;

Leviticus 11:5 And the coney, because he chews the cud, but divides not the hoof; …

Psalm 104:18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

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