Proverbs 6:7

7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,

Proverbs 6:7 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
English Standard Version (ESV)
7 Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,
New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,
The Message Bible (MSG)
7 Nobody has to tell it what to do.
American Standard Version (ASV)
7 Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler,
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
7 Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler,
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
7 Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
7 It has no commander. It has no leader or ruler.

Proverbs 6:7 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 6:7

Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler.
] None to guide and direct her what to do; nor any to overlook her, to see that she does aright, or to oblige her to work, and keep her to it; nor any to call her to an account, and correct her for doing amiss; and nevertheless diligent and industrious, doing everything of herself, by the instinct of nature, readily and willingly: and yet how slothful are men; who, besides the dictates of nature, reason, and conscience, have parents, masters, ministers, and magistrates, to guide, direct, exhort, instruct, and enforce! so Aristotle F11 says of the ant, that it is (agarcov) , without any ruler or governor.


F11 Hist. de Animal. l. 1. c. 1.

Proverbs 6:7 In-Context

5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
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