Pittsburgh is an awesome city that was given the title of the most “in” city of 2012 by Washington Post, beating out Portland, Oregon. But Pittsburghers did you ever consider these four small creatures in the book of proverbs : the ant, coney, locust, and spider.
The proverb goes like this:” There be four things which are little upon the earth but they are exceeding wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; the conies are but a feeble folk, yet make their houses in the rocks; the locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; the spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in king’s palaces.” (The words of Agur, 700 B.C.).The ants, are small social insects that live in colonies. They may be the most abundant of all land animals. North America ant species come in a wide range of sizes and colors (black, brown, red, yellow, and combinations of these) just like people who come in all sizes and color. But the main thing ants do is provide for their colonies by gathering food for the winter months.
The conies or rock hyrax, is a mammal that lives in the rocks. They are not found here in North America but in Africa. They are small about the size and shape of a guinea pig. By living in the rocks they are protected from predators and the elements. Man does the same thing. We build structures made from rock and sand (cement) for protection from the elements.Man is actually quite feeble to the elements of winter cold and summer heat.
The locusts, are insects which are also called grasshoppers. They fly in bands or swarms and are known to cause mass devastation of crops. The short-horned grasshopper variety are the one’s known to be the plague locusts whose ravages are chronicled in the Bible. Huge swarms attack Africa and the Mideast each year. These mass bands of locusts stay together even though they have nobody directing them.
The spider, is not an insect but an arachnid. They have eight legs and no antennae, while insects have only six legs and antennae. They are seen all over the world except Antarctica. The one’s that produce silk to make webs such as the common house spider can be found in houses, office buildings and other structures, even in kings palaces. But the amazing thing about these spiders is they have clawed feet that can pivot like hands. The claws pivot back and forth, holding the silk between middle claw and two flexible setae (accessary claws). Have you ever looked at some of the webs created by spiders with their beautiful designs.