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Proverbs 6:6

    Proverbs 6:6 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Go to the ant, you hater of work; give thought to her ways and be wise:

    Webster's Revision

    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;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 6:6

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard - נמלה nemalah, the ant, is a remarkable creature for foresight, industry, and economy. At the proper seasons they collect their food - not in the summer to lay up for the winter; for they sleep during the winter, and eat not; and therefore such hoards would be to them useless; but when the food necessary for them is most plentiful, then they collect it for their consumption in the proper seasons. No insect is more laborious, not even the bee itself; and none is more fondly attached to or more careful of its young, than the ant. When the young are in their aurelia state, in which they appear like a small grain of rice, they will bring them out of their nests, and lay them near their holes, for the benefit of the sun; and on the approach of rain, carefully remove them, and deposit them in the nest, the hole or entrance to which they will cover with a piece of thin stone or tile, to prevent the wet from getting in. It is a fact that they do not lay up any meat for winter; nor does Solomon, either here or in Proverbs 30:25, assert it. He simply says that they provide their food in summer, and gather it in harvest; these are the most proper times for a stock to be laid in for their consumption; not in winter; for no such thing appears in any of their nests, nor do they need it, as they sleep during that season; but for autumn, during which they wake and work. Spring, summer, and autumn, they are incessant in their labor; and their conduct affords a bright example to men.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 6:6

    The warning against the wastefulness of the prodigal is followed by a warning as emphatic against the wastefulness of sloth. The point of comparison with the ant is not so much the foresight of the insect as its unwearied activity during the appointed season, rebuking man's inaction at a special crisis Proverbs 6:4. In Proverbs 30:25, the storing, provident habit of the ant is noticed.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 6:6

    6:6 Go - This is a distinct precept; and it is for the most part as needless to seek, as hard to find, coherence in the proverbs.