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This word occurs twice in the Bible (Prov 6:6; 30:25) where the insect is made an example of both wisdom and providence.
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InsectsTechnically, creatures whose bodies are divided into three segments and which have three pairs of legs. Entomologists estimate that tens of thousands of different species inhabit Israel. Two Hebrew terms appear to refer to insects in a generic sense. Heb. remek is translated “creeping things”
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Ant (Heb. nemālâ). Several species of ants occur in Palestine and can be found even in the most arid, rocky terrain and in the sandy valleys. Those mentioned in the Bible (Prov. 6:8; 30:25) are most likely harvester ants (Messor Semirufus), which live in underground nests; three classes are evident:
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ant (Heb. nemâlâh). This insect is mentioned twice in the Old Testament: in Prov. 6:6; 30:25. In the former of these passages the diligence of this insect is instanced by the wise man as an example worthy of imitation; in the second passage the ant’s wisdom is especially alluded to; for these insects,
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Ant—(Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy), referred to in Prov. 6:6; 30:25, as distinguished for its prudent habits. Many ants in Palestine feed on animal substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or exclusively from vegetables. To the latter class belongs the ant
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INSECTS<in’-sekts>: In English Versions of the Bible, including the marginal notes, we find at least 23 names of insects or words referring to them: ant, bald locust, bee, beetle, cankerworm, caterpillar, creeping thing, cricket, crimson, flea, fly, gnat, grasshopper, honey, hornet, locust, louse, (lice),
antMankind is not alone in living in organized communities, working cooperatively and efficiently, creating a clear division of labor, waging war, and occasionally capturing slaves. The most common of the social insects, the ant, also exhibits these behaviors. Ants do not have the power of reason, however,
insectThe world’s most abundant creatures are the insects, whose known species outnumber all the other animals and the plants combined. Insects have been so successful in their fight for life that they are sometimes described as the human race’s closest rivals for domination of the Earth. Entomologists,
whiteflyWhiteflies (Aleyrodidae) on leaf.Anthony Bannister—NHPA/EB Inc.The whitefly is any aphidlike, sap-sucking member of insect family Aleyrodidae of order Homoptera; adults have four wings and are 0.08 to 0.12 in. (2 to 3 mm) long and covered with white opaque powder; nymphs are flat, oval,