Why does lizard categories as one of the wiser in Proverbs?

(Shirley Lim ) #1

Proverbs 30:28-29
28 a lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.

(SeanO) #2

@oceansreefs The point of this proverb is that even though the lizard is so small and insignificant, it still manages to live in a palace. It doesn’t have kingly attributes, but it still dwells in the houses of kings.

The KJV appears to have followed Rashi in translating this term as “spider,” so also JPS (and the note in the NRSV). But almost all modern English versions and commentators, following the Greek and the Latin versions, have “lizard.” See HALOT 1338 s.v. שְׂמָמִית.

sn The point of this saying is that a weak creature like a lizard, that is so easily caught, cannot be prevented from getting into the most significant places. NET Bible