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Hebrew: “nemalah,” from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy.

This word is used only twice in the Bible (Prov. 6:6 and 30:25). The ant is said to distinguished for its prudent habits. Many ants in Israel feed on animal substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or exclusively from vegetables. A plant-eating ant is referred to by Solomon. This ant gathers the seeds in the season of ripening, and stores them for future use; a habit that has been observed in ants in various parts of the world.

Author: Matthew G. Easton.