Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 30:25

The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Animals;   Ant;   Industry;   Riddle;   Summer;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ant;   Insects;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Summer;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ant;   Proverb, the Book of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Pardon;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ant;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Fable;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Insects;   Proverbs, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Agur;   Ant;   Jakeh;   Massa;   Proverb;   Proverbs, Book of;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ant;   Proverbs, Book of;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ant;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Summer;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Ant;  
Encyclopedias:
Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ant in Jewish Literature, the;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

See the marginal reference note. Note the word “people” applied here to ants, as to locusts in Joel 1:6. The marvel lies in their collective, and, as it were, organized action.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-30.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

The ants are a people not strong,.... Far from it; what is weaker than an ant? a multitude of them may be destroyed at once, with the crush of a foot. Pliny calls it "minimum animal", the least animal; and the Arabians use it as a proverb, to call a weak man one weaker than an ant: and there is one sort of ants called "dsar", so small that one hundred of them will not weigh more than a barley cornF7Bochart. Hierozoic. par. 2. l. 4. c. 22. col. 598. : they are called a people, because they associate together in great numbers; though small in bulk, and weak as to power and strength; and which is a figure elsewhere used in the sacred Scriptures; see Joel 1:6; and by profane writers, as Homer and Virgil, who speak of bees as a people and nationF8 εθνεα μελισσαων Iliad. 2. v. 87. "Et populos et proelia dicam", Georgic. l. 4. v. 4, 5. ; and of nations of flies, and of flying birds, geese, cranes, and swansF9Iliad. 2. v. 459, 469. & 15. v. 690, 691. ;

yet their prepare their meat in the summer; build granaries with great art and wisdom, carry in grains of corn with great labour and industry, in the summer season, when only to be got, and lay them up against winter. PhocylidesF11Poem. Admon. v. 158, 159. the poet says much the same things of them; he calls them a tribe or nation, small but laborious, and says, they gather and carry in their food in summer for the winter, which is a proof of their wisdom. CiceroF12De Natura Deorum, l. 3. says, the ant has not only sense, but mind, reason, and memory. AelianusF13De Animal. l. 16. c. 15. ascribes unspeakable wisdom to it; and PlinyF14Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 30. discourse and conversation; See Gill on Proverbs 6:6; see Gill on Proverbs 6:7; See Gill on Proverbs 6:8. It is a pattern of industry and diligence both as to temporal and spiritual things, Ecclesiastes 9:10.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-30.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 30:25 The ants [are] a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

Ver. 25. The ants are a people not strong.] A feeble folk, but notable for their forecast. See Proverbs 6:6-7. Let us be so, but specially in spirituals.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-30.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

People; which title is oft given to the unreasonable creatures, both in Scripture, as Joel 1:6 2:2, and in Homer, and Virgil, and divers other authors.

They prepare their meat in the summer; of which See Poole "Proverbs 30:6", See Poole "Proverbs 30:7", See Poole "Proverbs 30:8".

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-30.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-30.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

a people. So are those "made wise" (2 Timothy 3:15) who are God"s People (Psalms 100:3).

not strong = very weak. Figure of speech Tapeinosis. So Romans 5:6 (compare Isaiah 40:29; Isaiah 45:24. Job 12:13).

prepare = will prepare. Hebrews 10:5.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
6:6-8
Reciprocal: Proverbs 6:8 - GeneralProverbs 10:5 - gathereth;  Joel 1:6 - nation

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 30:25". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-30.html.