Proverbs 30:24
New International Version
“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

New Living Translation
There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise:

English Standard Version
Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

Berean Study Bible
Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise:

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

New King James Version
There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

New American Standard Bible
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

NASB 1995
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

NASB 1977
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

Amplified Bible
There are four things that are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

Christian Standard Bible
Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise:

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Four things are small in the Earth, and they are wiser than the wise:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And there are four very little things upon the earth, but these are wiser than the wise:

Contemporary English Version
On this earth four things are small but very wise:

Douay-Rheims Bible
There are four very little things of the earth, and they are wiser than the wise:

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

Good News Translation
There are four animals in the world that are small, but very, very clever:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Four things on earth are small, yet they are very wise:

International Standard Version
Four things on earth are small, but they are very, very wise:

JPS Tanakh 1917
There are four things which are little upon the earth, But they are exceeding wise:

Literal Standard Version
Four [are] little ones of earth, And they are made wiser than the wise:

NET Bible
There are four things on earth that are small, but they are exceedingly wise:

New Heart English Bible
"There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly 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:

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Words of Agur
23an unloved woman who marries, and a maidservant who supplants her mistress. 24Four things on earth are small, yet they are exceedingly wise: 25The ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Walk in the manner of the ant, O slacker; observe its ways and become wise.

Proverbs 30:23
an unloved woman who marries, and a maidservant who supplants her mistress.

Proverbs 30:25
The ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;


Treasury of Scripture

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

little

Job 12:7
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

exceeding wise or wise or made wise









Verses 24-28. - Four things small and weak, and yet wise. Verse 24. - There be four things which are little upon the earth, in contrast with the intolerable pretensions of the last group. The Vulgate has minima; but the original is not superlative, which would not be true of some of the creatures named. But they are exceeding wise; "quick of wit, wise," the participle מְחֻכִּמִים meaning "rendered wise, cunning" (Delitzsch). The Septuagint and Vulgate translate in the comparatives. "These are wiser than the wise," the instincts of these animals being more marvellous than human wisdom.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Four
אַרְבָּ֣עָה (’ar·bā·‘āh)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 702: Four

things on earth
אָ֑רֶץ (’ā·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

are small,
קְטַנֵּי־ (qə·ṭan·nê-)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6996: Small, young, unimportant

yet they
הֵ֭ם (hêm)
Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1992: They

are exceedingly
מְחֻכָּמִֽים׃ (mə·ḥuk·kā·mîm)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 2449: To be wise

wise:
חֲכָמִ֥ים (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 2450: Wise


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