Proverbs 30:27
New International Version
locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks;

New Living Translation
Locusts—they have no king, but they march in formation.

English Standard Version
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;

Berean Study Bible
the locusts have no king, yet they all advance in formation;

King James Bible
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

New King James Version
The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks;

New American Standard Bible
The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;

NASB 1995
The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;

NASB 1977
The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in ranks;

Amplified Bible
The locusts have no king, Yet all of them go out in groups;

Christian Standard Bible
locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
locusts have no king, yet all of them march in ranks;

American Standard Version
The locusts have no king, Yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And locusts that have no King over them and they all assemble together,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The locusts have no king, and yet march orderly at one command.

Contemporary English Version
locusts, who have no king, but march like an army;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The locust hath no king, yet they all go out by their bands.

English Revised Version
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Good News Translation
Locusts: they have no king, but they move in formation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Locusts have no king, yet all of them divide into swarms by instinct.

International Standard Version
Locusts have no king, but they all swarm in ranks.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The locusts have no king, Yet go they forth all of them by bands;

Literal Standard Version
There is no king to the locust, And it goes out—each one shouting,

NET Bible
locusts have no king, but they all go forward by ranks;

New Heart English Bible
The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks.

World English Bible
The locusts have no king, yet they advance in ranks.

Young's Literal Translation
A king there is not to the locust, And it goeth out -- each one shouting,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Words of Agur
26the rock badgers are creatures of little power, yet they make their homes in the rocks; 27the locusts have no king, yet they all advance in formation; 28and the lizard can be caught in one’s hands, yet it is found in the palaces of kings.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:7
Without a commander, without an overseer or ruler,

Proverbs 30:28
and the lizard can be caught in one's hands, yet it is found in the palaces of kings.

Joel 2:7
They charge like mighty men; they scale the walls like men of war. Each one marches in formation, not swerving from the course.


Treasury of Scripture

The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;

the locusts

Exodus 10:4-6,13-15
Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: …

Psalm 104:34
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Joel 1:4,6,7
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten…

by bands or gathered together









Verse 27. - The locusts have no king (Proverbs 6:7), yet they show discipline, guidance, and order. They go forth all of them by bands; so that Joel (Joel 2:7, 8) speaks of them as a well-ordered army, as it were men of war, marching every one on his ways, not entangling their ranks, walking every one in his path. Septuagint, "The locusts are without a king, yet march at one command in good order."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
the locusts
לָאַרְבֶּ֑ה (lā·’ar·beh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 697: (a kind of) locust

have no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

king,
מֶ֭לֶךְ (me·leḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4428: A king

yet they all
כֻּלּֽוֹ׃ (kul·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

advance
וַיֵּצֵ֖א (way·yê·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

in formation;
חֹצֵ֣ץ (ḥō·ṣêṣ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2686: To chop into, pierce, sever, to curtail, to distribute, to shoot an arrow


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