There be three things which are too wonderful for me,
yea, four which I know not
The way of an eagle in the air;
the way of a serpent upon a rock;
the way of a ship in the midst of the sea;
and the way of a man with a maid.
So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, And saith, I have done no wickedness.
For three things the earth is disquieted,
and for four which it cannot bear
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
These commonly abuse the state to which they are called.
Geneva Study Bible
For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Who is married to her master after the death of her mistress.
Geneva Study Bible
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;
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise:
Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler,
Provideth her bread in the summer,
And gathereth her food in the harvest.
The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses;
and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap,
like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
As none can hope, successfully, to resist such a king, suppress even the thought of an attempt.
Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
There are three things which are stately in their march, Yea, four which are stately in going
A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; A greyhound; an he goat also;
and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:
behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thy hand upon thy mouth. Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
Make a stay and continue not in doing evil. Geneva Study Bible
Or other ills, as surely arise from devising evil as natural effects from natural causes. Jamieson, Fausset, Brown