Proverbs 6:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 6:8, NIV: yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

Proverbs 6:8, ESV: she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Proverbs 6:8, KJV: Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:8, NASB: Prepares its food in the summer And gathers its provision in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:8, NLT: they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

Proverbs 6:8, CSB: it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.

What does Proverbs 6:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The ant works hard during the summer and gathers food when it is available in order to have a supply on hand during winter. Soldier ants illustrate this truth. They gather enough food for not only themselves but also for the next generation. By doing this, they not only protect themselves from hard times, they provide security for their children. Earlier in this passage, Solomon encouraged lazy, irresponsible people to look to ants as a better example (Proverbs 6:6–7).

Proverbs 10:5 reinforces the importance of working hard to prepare for the future. This verse states: "He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame." Joseph is a classic example of someone who believed in preparing for the future. In a dream the pharaoh of Egypt saw seven good cows arise from the Nile that were followed by seven poor, very ugly, thin cows. The seven thin cows ate the seven plump cows. He also saw seven full ears of grain grow on one stalk followed by seven empty, blighted ears that ate them. Joseph interpreted the dream as meaning Egypt's agriculture would be enormously productive for seven years, but seven years of famine would follow. He advised Pharaoh to store one fifth of the plentiful produce as a reserve for the seven years of famine. Pharaoh believed the Spirit of God had given Joseph such wisdom, and he appointed Joseph the second-in-command over all Egypt (Genesis 41).