Proverbs 6:8
New International Version
yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

New Living Translation
they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

English Standard Version
she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Berean Study Bible
it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food at harvest.

King James Bible
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

New King James Version
Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.

New American Standard Bible
Prepares its food in the summer And gathers its provision in the harvest.

NASB 1995
Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

NASB 1977
Prepares her food in the summer, And gathers her provision in the harvest.

Amplified Bible
She prepares her food in the summer And brings in her provisions [of food for the winter] in the harvest.

Christian Standard Bible
it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.

American Standard Version
Provideth her bread in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she prepares for herself her bread from the summer and she stores her food at harvest.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
he prepares food for himself in the summer, and lays by abundant store in harvest. Or go to the bee, and learn how diligent she is, and how earnestly she is engaged in her work; whose labours kings and private men use for health, and she is desired and respected by all: though weak in body, she is advanced by honouring wisdom.

Contemporary English Version
but they store up food during harvest season.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Provideth her meat for herself in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

English Revised Version
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Good News Translation
but they store up their food during the summer, getting ready for winter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
in summertime it stores its food supply. At harvest time it gathers its food.

International Standard Version
but prepares its provisions in the summer and gathers its food in the harvest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Provideth her bread in the summer, And gatherest her food in the harvest.

Literal Standard Version
She prepares her bread in summer, She has gathered her food in harvest.

NET Bible
yet it prepares its food in the summer; it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.

New Heart English Bible
provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

World English Bible
provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

Young's Literal Translation
She doth prepare in summer her bread, She hath gathered in harvest her food.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings Against Foolishness
7Without a commander, without an overseer or ruler, 8it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food at harvest. 9How long will you lie there, O slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:9
How long will you lie there, O slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 10:5
He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.


Treasury of Scripture

Provides her meat in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.

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

1 Timothy 6:19
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.









Verse 8. - Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. It is this characteristic, combined with what has just been said, which gives point to the lesson the sluggard is to learn. The teacher, as it were, argues: If the ant, so insignificant a creature in the order of the animal kingdom, is so provident, how much more should you be - you, a man endued with superior intelligence, and with so many more resources at hand, and with greater advantages! If the ant, with none to urge, direct, or control her work, is so industrious, surely she provides an example at which you, the sluggard, should blush, since there is every external incentive to rouse you to action - your duty to the community, the urgent advice of your friends, and your dignity as a man. If she provides for the future, much more should you do so, and threw off your sloth. Objection has been taken to what is here stated of the provident habits of the ant in storing food, on the ground that it is carnivorous and passes the winter in a state of torpidity. That the ant does lay up stores for future use has, however, been the opinion of all ages. Thus Hesiod ('Days,' 14) speaks of the ant as harvesting the grain, calling it ἴδρις, "the provident." Virgil says ('Georg.,' 1, 186; cf. 'AEneid,' 4:4027) -

"Veluti ingentem formicae farris acervum
Quum populant hiemis memores, tectoque repenunt."
So the ants, when they plunder a tall heap of corn, mindful of the winter, store it in their cave. The language of Horace ('Sat.,' 1:50, 32) might be a comment on our passage -

"Parvula (nam exemplo est) magni formica laboris sicut
Ore trahit quodcunque potest, atque addit acervo,
Quem struit, haud ignara ac non incauta futuri,
Quae, simul universum contristat Aquarius annum
Non usquam prorepit, et illis utitur ante Quaesitis sapiens."


"For thus the little ant (to human lore
No mean example) forms her frugal store,
Gathered, with mighty toils, on every side,
Nor ignorant, nor careless to provide
For future want; yet when the stars appear
That darkly sadden the declining year,
No more she comes abroad, but wisely lives
On the fair store industrious summer gives."


(Francis' Translation.) The same provident character is noted in AEsop's fable, 'The Ant and the Grasshopper;' see also Aristotle ('Hist. Nat.,' 9:6). All objections on this subject appear to be based on insufficient data, and have been conclusively answered by recent observation. Apart from the remark of Buffon, that "the ants of tropical climates lay up provisions, and as they probably live the whole year, they submit themselves to regulations entirely unknown among the ants of Europe." The late Professor Darwin states of the agricultural ant of Texas, which in many features resembles the ant of Palestine, that it not only stores its food, but prepares the soil for the crops, keeps the ground free from weeds, and finally reaps the harvest (Journal of Linnaean Society, vol. 1, No. 21, p. 29). Canon Tristram also observes, "The language of the wise man is not only in accordance with the universal belief of his own time, but with the accurately ascertained facts of natural history. Contrary to its habits in colder climates, the ant is not there dormant through the winter; and among the tamerisks of the Dead Sea it may be seen, in January, actively engaged in collecting the aphides and saccharine exudations, in long flies passing and repassing up and down the trunk. Two of the most common species of the Holy Land (Alta barbara, the black ant, and Alta structor, the brown ant) are strictly seed feeders, and in summer lay up large stores of grain for winter use. These species are spread along the whole of the Mediterranean coasts, but are unknown in more northern climates. Hence writers who were ignorant of ants beyond those of their own countries have been presumptuous enough to deny the accuracy of Solomon's statement" ('Nat. Hist. of the Bible,' p. 320). The Mishna, section 'Zeraim,' also contains a curious piece of legislation which bears testimony to the storing properties of the ant.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
it prepares
תָּכִ֣ין (tā·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 3559: To be erect

its provisions
לַחְמָ֑הּ (laḥ·māh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

in summer;
בַּקַּ֣יִץ (baq·qa·yiṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7019: To awake

it gathers
אָגְרָ֥ה (’ā·ḡə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 103: To harvest

its food
מַאֲכָלָֽהּ׃ (ma·’ă·ḵā·lāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3978: An eatable

at harvest.
בַ֝קָּצִ֗יר (ḇaq·qā·ṣîr)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7105: Severed, harvest, the crop, the time, the reaper, a limb


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