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Proverbs 30:24

    Proverbs 30:24 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    There are four things which are little upon the earth, But they are exceeding wise:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are very wise:

    Webster's Revision

    There are four things which are little upon the earth, But they are exceeding wise:

    World English Bible

    "There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 30:24

    There be four things - Of which it is said, they are very little but very wise. 1. The ants. 2. The rabbits. 3. The locusts. 4. The spider.

    1. The ants show their wisdom by preparing their meat in the summer, seeking for it and storing it when it may be had; not for winter consumption, for they sleep all that time; but for autumn and spring. See the note on Proverbs 6:6 (note). The ants are a people; they have their houses, towns, cities, public roads, etc. I have seen several of these, both of the brown and large black ant.

    2. The rabbits act curiously enough in the construction of their burrows; but the word שפן shaphan probably does not here mean the animal we call coney or rabbit. It is most likely that this is what Dr. Shaw calls the Daman - Israel; a creature very like a rabbit, but never burrowing in the ground, but dwelling in clefts and holes of rocks.

    3. The locusts. These surprising animals we have already met with and described. Though they have no leader, yet they go forth by troops, some miles in circumference, when they take wing.

    4. The spider. This is a singularly curious animal, both in the manner of constructing her house, her nets, and taking her prey. But the habits, etc., of these and such like must be sought in works on natural history.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 30:24

    Exceeding wise - Some prefer the reading of the Septuagint and Vulgate: "wiser than the wise." The thought, in either case, turns upon the marvels of instinct, which, in their own province, transcend the more elaborate results of human wisdom.