New American Standard Bible
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
King James Bible
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Darby Bible Translation
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;
Young's Literal Translation
Go unto the ant, O slothful one, See her ways and be wise;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
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.
LibraryThe Talking Book
In order that we may be persuaded so to do, Solomon gives us three telling reasons. He says that God's law, by which I understand the whole run of Scripture, and, especially the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be a guide to us:--"When thou goest, it shall lead thee." It will be a guardian to us: "When thou sleepest"--when thou art defenceless and off thy guard--"it shall keep thee." And it shall also be a dear companion to us: "When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee." Any one of these three arguments …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
How Subjects and Prelates are to be Admonished.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy one to those who send him.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:
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