A small insect. The ant appears in the OT as a homiletic model of wisdom and industry (Prov 6:6; Prov 30:25).

Prov 6:6

6Go to the ant, you lazybones;
consider its ways, and be wise.

Prov 30:25

25the ants are a people without strength,
yet they provide their food in the summer;

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