New International Version
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
King James Bible
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
Darby Bible Translation
There are four [things] little upon the earth, and they are exceeding wise:
World English Bible
"There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:
Young's Literal Translation
Four are little ones of earth, And they are made wiser than the wise:
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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LibraryA Homily for Humble Folks
A Sermon (No. 2140) delivered on Lord's Day, April 27th, 1890 by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man."--Proverbs 30:2. Sometimes it is necessary for a speaker to refer to himself, and he may feel it needful to do so in a way peculiar to the occasion. When Elihu addressed himself to Job and the three wise men, he commended himself to them saying, "I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
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Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;
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