Proverbs 6:6
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

New Living Translation
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

English Standard Version
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

New American Standard Bible
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,

King James Bible
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise.

International Standard Version
Go to the ant, you lazy man! Observe its ways and become wise.

NET Bible
Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be like the ant and see her ways and learn, for there is no harvest for her,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise,

King James 2000 Bible
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

American King James Version
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

American Standard Version
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom:

Darby Bible Translation
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise:

English Revised Version
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Webster's Bible Translation
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

World English Bible
Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise;

Young's Literal Translation
Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:6-11 Diligence in business is every man's wisdom and duty; not so much that he may attain worldly wealth, as that he may not be a burden to others, or a scandal to the church. The ants are more diligent than slothful men. We may learn wisdom from the meanest insects, and be shamed by them. Habits of indolence and indulgence grow upon people. Thus life runs to waste; and poverty, though at first at a distance, gradually draws near, like a traveller; and when it arrives, is like an armed man, too strong to be resisted. All this may be applied to the concerns of our souls. How many love their sleep of sin, and their dreams of worldly happiness! Shall we not seek to awaken such? Shall we not give diligence to secure our own salvation?

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 6-11. - 10. Tenth admonitory discourse. Warning against sloth. The ethical connection of this discourse with the preceding has already been pointed out. Sloth militates against prosperity; it is the prolific parent of want, and, even more surely than suretyship, leads to misfortune and ruin, The certainty with which ruin steals upon the sluggard may be the reason why the teacher closes the discourse in the way he does. In the case of suretyship such an issue is uncertain; there is the possibility of escape, the surety may prevail upon his friend to release him from his obligation, and so he may escape ruin; but with sloth no such contingency is possible, its invariable end is disaster. So far as the grammatical structure of the two discourses is concerned, they appear to be quite independent of each other, the only points of coincidence observable being the repetition of one or two words, which is purely accidental (cf. "go" in vers. 3 and 6, and "sleep" and "slumber" in vers. 4 and 10). Verse 6. - Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. The ant (Hebrew, n'malah) is here brought forward as supplying an example of wisdom to the sluggard. The habits of this insect, its industry and providence, have in all ages made it the symbol of these two qualities, and not only the sacred, but also profane writers have praised its foresight, and held it up for imitation. The ant is only mentioned twice in the Old Testament, and on both occasions in our book (see present passage and Proverbs 30:25). The derivation of n'malah is either from the root nam, with reference first to the silence with which it moves, and secondly to its active yet unperceived motion (Delitzsch), or from namal, i.q. malal, "to cut off," from its cutting off or consuming seeds (ab incidendis seminibus) (Buxtorf, Gesenius). The Aramaic name, shum'sh'manah, however, points to its activity and rapid running hither and thither (Fleischer). Sluggard; Hebrew, atsel, a verbal adjective tbund only in the Proverbs. The primary idea of the root atsal is that of languor and laxity. The cognate abstract nouns ats'lah and ats'luth, equivalent to "slothfulness," occur in Proverbs 19:15; Proverbs 31:27. Consider her ways; attentively regard them, and from them derive a lesson of wisdom. Her ways are the manner in which the ant displays her industry and foresight.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Go to the ant, thou sluggard,.... That art become surety for another, and got into a snare and net, and yet takest no pains to get out. Or this may be directed, not to the surety, but the debtor; who, through his slothfulness, has contracted debts, and uses no industry to be in a capacity to pay them. Or, it may be, this has no connection with the former; but the wise man proceeds to a new subject, and to dissuade from idleness, which brings ruin on families, and leads to all sin; and, for the instruction of idle and slothful men, proposes the example of the ant, and sends them to it to learn industry of it (h);

consider her ways; what diligence and industry it uses in providing its food; which, though a small, weak, feeble creature, yet will travel over flints and stones, climb trees, enter into towers, barns, cellars, places high and low, in search of food; never hinder, but help one another in carrying their burdens; prepare little cells to put their provisions in, and are so built as to secure them from rain; and if at any time their corn is wet, they bring out and dry it, and bite off the ends of it, that it may not grow. These, with others, are taken notice of by Frantzius (i); and some of them by Gersom on the place;

and be wise; learn wisdom of it, and be wiser than that, as the Septuagint and Arabic versions: this is a mortification of proud men, that would be reckoned wise, to be sent to so despicable a creature to get wisdom from.

(h) So Horace gives it as an example of labour----"Parvula (nam exemplo est) magni formica laboris", &c. Sermon. l. 1. Sat. 1. v. 33, 34, 35. & Phocylides, v. 152-159. (i) Hist. Animal. Sacr. par. 5. c. 8. Vid. Aelian. Hist. Animal. l. 2. c. 25. & l. 6. c. 43.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6-8. The improvident sluggards usually want sureties. Hence, such are advised to industry by the ant's example.

Proverbs 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Warnings against Foolishness
5Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler,…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.

Proverbs 13:4
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Proverbs 20:4
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Proverbs 23:19
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

Proverbs 26:16
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.

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

Proverbs 30:25
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;

Jeremiah 8:7
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

the ant has been famous for centuries for its social habits
foresight, economy and industry. Collecting their food at the proper seasons, they bite off the end of the grain to prevent it from germinating and lay it up in cells till needed.

Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Job 12:7,8 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of …

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel …

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, …

thou

Proverbs 6:9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep?

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard …

Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of …

Proverbs 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way …

Proverbs 18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

Proverbs 19:15,24 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger…

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall …

Proverbs 21:25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man …

Proverbs 26:13-16 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets…

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Hebrews 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Jump to Previous
Ant Consider Hater Observe Slothful Sluggard Thought Ways Wise Work
Jump to Next
Ant Consider Hater Observe Slothful Sluggard Thought Ways Wise Work
Links
Proverbs 6:6 NIV
Proverbs 6:6 NLT
Proverbs 6:6 ESV
Proverbs 6:6 NASB
Proverbs 6:6 KJV

Proverbs 6:6 Bible Apps
Proverbs 6:6 Bible Suite
Proverbs 6:6 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 6:6 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 6:6 French Bible
Proverbs 6:6 German Bible

Alphabetical: and ant be consider Go her its O Observe sluggard the to ways wise you

OT Poetry: Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant you sluggard (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Proverbs 6:5
Top of Page
Top of Page