(Proverbs 30:27 KJV) The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
As I read this today I found myself again wondering what was wise here. In looking over the four verses that demonstrate wisdom I noticed that there was a characteristic in each that we might overlook but is useful. Here we see that the bugs know how to work together.
They go out in “bands” (ranks NASB) (2686a). The root meaning of this word is to divide. In the few places it is used it seems to refer to being separated from others more than cut in half. This is something we can learn. We are Americans. We are rugged individuals. We are macho. But should we be? It would seem that we need to take lessons in being one. Remember what it says on our coins and paper money, E pluribus unum.
So? Work on the skills that mean working with others: listening, courtesy, patience. They seem to be tools of wisdom.