Proverbs 6:6
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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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise;

New American Standard 1977
Go to the ant, O sluggard,
            Observe her ways and be 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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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?
Study Bible
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 down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

Proverbs 10:26
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.

Proverbs 13:4
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.

Proverbs 20:4
The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.

Proverbs 23:19
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.

Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.

Proverbs 30:24
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

Proverbs 30:25
The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;

Jeremiah 8:7
"Even the stork in the sky Knows her seasons; And the turtledove and the swift and the thrush Observe the time of their migration; But My people do not know The ordinance 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, …

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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 …

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