Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
Solomon used the illustration of an ant to protest against laziness. The ant scurries back and forth, keeps on the move, and often carries oversized loads. It gets a lot accomplished without the benefit of an overseer. Though it looks like a swarm of ants are moving crazily in every direction, their activity is purposeful and directed.