Proverbs 30:26
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;

Berean Study Bible
the conies are not a mighty species, yet they make their homes in the rocks;

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;

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

Contemporary English Version
badgers, who seem to be weak, but live among the rocks;

Good News Translation
Rock badgers: they are not strong either, but they make their homes among 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;

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

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rock-badgers are but a feeble folk, Yet make they their houses in the crags;

New American Standard 1977
The badgers are not mighty folk, Yet they make their houses 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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
the rabbits also are a feeble race, who make 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,
Study Bible
The Words of Agur
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; 27the locusts have no king, yet they all advance in formation;…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:5
The rock badger, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof; it is unclean for you.

Psalm 104:18
The high mountains are for the wild goats, the cliffs a refuge for the coneys.

Treasury of Scripture

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

Leviticus 11:5
And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

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







Lexicon
the conies
שְׁ֭פַנִּים (p̄an·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8227: A species of rockrabbit, the hyrax

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

a mighty
עָצ֑וּם (‘ā·ṣūm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6099: Powerful, numerous

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

yet they make
וַיָּשִׂ֖ימוּ (way·yā·śî·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

their homes
בֵּיתָֽם׃ (bê·ṯām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

in the rocks;
בַסֶּ֣לַע (ḇas·se·la‘)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5553: A craggy rock
(26) The conies are but a feeble folk, being only about as big as a rabbit, with nails instead of claws, and weak teeth. Its Hebrew name (sh?ph?n) signifies a "hider," from its habit of living in clefts of the rocks; its scientific name is Hyrax Syriacus. The translation "coney," i.e., rabbit, is a mistake. In general appearance it resembles a guinea-pig or marmot.

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. 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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