Proverbs 30:27
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New International Version
locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;

New Living Translation
Locusts--they have no king, but they march in formation.

English Standard Version
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;

New American Standard Bible
The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;

King James Bible
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks;

International Standard Version
Locusts have no king, but they all swarm in ranks.

NET Bible
locusts have no king, but they all go forward by ranks;

New Heart English Bible
The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And locusts that have no King over them and they all assemble together,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Locusts have no king, yet all of them divide into swarms by instinct.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The locusts have no king, Yet go they forth all of them by bands;

New American Standard 1977
The locusts have no king,
            Yet all of them go out in ranks;

Jubilee Bible 2000
the locusts have no king, yet all of them go forth by bands;

King James 2000 Bible
The locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands;

American King James Version
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

American Standard Version
The locusts have no king, Yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The locust hath no king, yet they all go out by their bands.

Darby Bible Translation
the locusts have no king, yet they go forth all of them by bands;

English Revised Version
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Webster's Bible Translation
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

World English Bible
The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks.

Young's Literal Translation
A king there is not to the locust, And it goeth out -- each one shouting,
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
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; 28The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings' palaces.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:7
Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,

Proverbs 30:28
The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings' palaces.

Joel 2:7
They run like mighty men, They climb the wall like soldiers; And they each march in line, Nor do they deviate from their paths.
Treasury of Scripture

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

the locusts

Exodus 10:4-6,13-15 Else, if you refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I …

Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Joel 1:4,6,7 That which the palmerworm has left has the locust eaten; and that …

Joel 2:7-11,25 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men …

Revelation 9:3-11 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them …

by bands or gathered together

Verse 27. - The locusts have no king (Proverbs 6:7), yet they show discipline, guidance, and order. They go forth all of them by bands; so that Joel (Joel 2:7, 8) speaks of them as a well-ordered army, as it were men of war, marching every one on his ways, not entangling their ranks, walking every one in his path. Septuagint, "The locusts are without a king, yet march at one command in good order." The locusts have no king,.... These are small creatures also, yet very devouring ones; and consume the fruits of the earth, wherever they come and light; see Exodus 10:13; they are very numerous, and move in large bodies, and yet with great regularity and order; which shows the wisdom there is in them by natural instinct, though they have no king to command, guide, and direct them: in this the mystical locusts differ from them, who have a king, whose name is Abaddon, Revelation 9:11;

yet they go forth all of them by bands; the Targum is,

"they are all gathered together as one.''

They get together in one place; they associate and join themselves in bands, and keep together, though they have no ruler over them; an emblem of unity, concord, and harmony, let the form of government be what it will, as the best security to a people: and these creatures, when they move from place to place, they move in a body, in a very regular manner; "in precise order" (u), as the words may be rendered, with great exactness, everyone in his proper place, all in rank and file; and though they have no general to marshal them, yet are in, and march in as good order as the most regular army does. So the Arabic version,

"yet in their army, their affairs and manner are in a beautiful disposition;''

indeed they are God's army, as they are called, Joel 2:25; and it is he that gives them their wisdom, instructions, directions, and commission. It is rendered by some, "everyone cutting"; that is, as Kimchi (w) interprets it, cutting the green grass and trees; or, "every one dividing" (x); that is, to himself, the prey or spoils, as kings do; see Isaiah 33:4.

(u) Vid. Hilier. Onomastic. Sacr. p. 187. (w) Sepher Shorash. rad. so Stockius, p. 377. "exeidens omnia, herbas, scil. et fruges", Schindler. col. 633. so Ben Melech. (x) "unaquaeque sibi dividens", Bochart; so Schultens. 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.
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