Thought for Today


Proverbs regarding insects and bugs. The 'small' of the 'All creatures great and small'.

The final verse is about a lizard (NET) or spider (KJV). The modern translations seem to agree that 'lizard' is a more accurate translation from the original Syriac word, but it is of little consequence to the proverb. Both lizards and spiders are easy to catch by hand.

Sometimes we find them in the bath, 'rescue' them and put them in the garden, but more commonly, people just squash them.

Being a lizard (or a spider) can't be much fun. Even so, they don't seem to complain very much; they just get on with their daily lives, working diligently.

And some, despite all the difficulties of being what they are, end up in the palaces of kings.

  1. Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!
    It has no commander, overseer, or ruler,
    yet it prepares its food in the summer; it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.

    Prov. 6:6-8 (read whole chapter)

  2. There are four things on earth that are small, but they are exceedingly wise:
    ants are creatures with little strength, but they prepare their food in the summer;
    rock badgers are creatures with little power, but they make their homes in the crags;
    locusts have no king, but they all go forward by ranks;
    a lizard you can catch with the hand, but it gets into the palaces of the king.

    Prov. 30:24-28 (read whole chapter)


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