New International Version
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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A Sermon (No. 1017) Delivered on Lord's Day Morning, October 22nd, 1871 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "When thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."--Proverbs 6:22. It is a very happy circumstance when the commandment of our father and the law of our mother are also the commandment of God and the law of the Lord. Happy are they who have a double force to draw them to the right--the bonds of nature, and the cords of grace. They sin with a vengeance who sin both against …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
How Sowers of Strifes and Peacemakers are to be Admonished.
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.
A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
"Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:
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