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

New Living Translation
Ants--they aren't strong, but they store up food all summer.

English Standard Version
the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

Berean Study Bible
the ants are not a strong species, yet they store up their food in the summer;

New American Standard Bible
The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;

King James Bible
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Christian Standard Bible
ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer;

Contemporary English Version
Ants, who seem to be feeble, but store up food all summer long;

Good News Translation
Ants: they are weak, but they store up their food in the summer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the ants are not a strong people, yet they store up their food in the summer;

International Standard Version
Ants aren't a strong species, yet they prepare their food in the summer.

NET Bible
ants are creatures with little strength, but they prepare their food in the summer;

New Heart English Bible
the ants are not a strong people, yet they provide their food in the summer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Ants that have no power in them and from the harvest they prepare their bread,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ants are not a strong species, yet they store their food in summer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The ants are a people not strong, Yet they provide their food in the summer;

New American Standard 1977
The ants are not a strong folk, But they prepare their food in the summer;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;

King James 2000 Bible
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;

American King James Version
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

American Standard Version
The ants are a people not strong, Yet they provide their food in the summer;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
the ants which are weak, and yet prepare their food in summer;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ants, a feeble people, which provide themselves food in the harvest:

Darby Bible Translation
The ants, a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

English Revised Version
The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their meat in the summer;

Webster's Bible Translation
The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;

World English Bible
the ants are not a strong people, yet they provide their food in the summer.

Young's Literal Translation
The ants are a people not strong, And they prepare in summer their food,
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
24Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise: 25the ants are not a strong species, yet they store up their food in the summer; 26the conies are not a mighty species, yet they make their homes in the rocks;…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Walk in the manner of the ant, O sluggard; observe its ways and be wise:

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

Treasury of Scripture

The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Proverbs 6:6-8
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: …







Lexicon
the ants
הַ֭נְּמָלִים (han·nə·mā·lîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5244: An ant

are not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a strong
עָ֑ז (‘āz)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5794: Strong, vehement, harsh

species,
עַ֣ם (‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

yet they store up
וַיָּכִ֖ינוּ (way·yā·ḵî·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

their food
לַחְמָֽם׃ (laḥ·mām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

in the summer;
בַקַּ֣יִץ (ḇaq·qa·yiṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7019: To awake
Verse 25. - The ants are a people not strong. The ant is proposed as an example to the sluggard (Proverbs 6:6, etc.). He calls the ants a people, am, because they live in a community, and have authorities which they obey, and their actions are regulated by certain definite laws. So Joel (Joel 1:6) calls the locusts a nation, and Homer ('Iliad,' 2:87) speaks of ἔθνεα μελισσάων ἀδινάων, "the tribes of thronging bees." Yet they prepare their meat in the summer. In countries where ants hybernate the object of this commended foresight is mistaken; but the statement, as that in Proverbs 6:6-8, is in accordance with the popular belief of the day, and serves well to point the moral intended. We know certainly that in Europe these insects fill their nests with heterogeneous articles - grain, seeds, husks, etc., not as stores to be consumed in the winter, but for warmth and comfort's sake. Scripture is not intended to teach science; it speaks of such matters phenomenally, with no attempt at a precision which would not have been understood or appreciated by contemporaries. But in the present case more careful observation has confirmed the correctness of the asset. tions in our proverbs. In countries where, ants do not hybernate, they do make granaries for themselves in the summer, and use these supplies as food in the winter months (see note on Proverbs 6:8). 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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