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Itsy Bitsy Spider song has other lyrics

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A popular children's song is “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” or some sing it as “The Eency Weency Spider.” The motions of meeting thumb to opposite index finger to make the spider “climb” helps children with eye-hand coordination, but with younger children the parent can climb a spider up the side of a child’s body, down for the rain, and up again for the sun and for the spider, ending with a tickle under the chin. The author is unknown, but it seems to have come into vogue around 1910, which may have been its first published date.

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

The second stanza about a caterpillar is also anonymous, but Comedy Ventriloquist Val Hilliker is popularizing it with her shows involving a caterpillar puppet.

The fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar climbed upon a leaf.

Spun himself a chrysalis and then he fell asleep.
While he slept he dreamed he flew up in the sky.
And later when he woke up he was a butterfly.

Here are two more stanzas, by Marcia Hornok, that also teach about insects in nature:

The polka-dotted ladybug sat on the leaf to rest:

Guarding the plant from every little pest.

When she eats aphids, then the plant will thrive.
So never kill a ladybug—they keep our plants alive.

The busy buzzy bumblebee flew out for something sweet.

Sucked up the nectar and got pollen on his feet.
Back into the hive, he made a honey treat,
And bumblebee juice is what we like to eat.

As for biblical truths, what insects are mentioned in the Bible? The plagues on Egypt involved three insects. God’s reason for the plagues was to execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt: “I am the LORD” (Exodus 12:12). Therefore, Egyptians received some intense object lessons to show them God’s power over what they considered to be gods. For example, Geb was their god of earth, but the One True God turned the dust of the earth into gnats or lice (Exodus 8:16-19). One of their gods had the head of a fly, so God said, “You like flies?” and gave it to them in swarms (Exodus 8:20-32). He also mocked their god of crops by sending locusts to destroy them (Exodus 10:1-20).[1]

We find spiders in Job 8:14 where Bildad says that those who forget God are trusting in nothing more than a spider’s web, and in Isaiah 59:5 where God compares the wickedness of a corrupt justice system to trusting in confusion, speaking lies, conceiving mischief, and weaving spider’s webs.

Bees have four mentions in the Bible, but are also assumed in the phrase, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” That is a metaphor for abundant grazing lands (to support milking animals) and unlimited produce pollenated by vast numbers of honeybees. Bees are mentioned in Deuteronomy 1:44, Judges 14:8 (where Samson found a honeycomb in the dead lion’s carcass), Psalm 118:12, and Isaiah 7:18.

In conclusion, all the critters in the song posted here are helpful in either killing pests or distributing pollen and thus aiding in food production. This is useful information for children, and what better way to learn it than by singing?

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[1] Some say God did not play fair because He hardened Pharaoh’s heart. However, in Exodus 4:21 and 7:2 God predicted or knew that Pharaoh would harden his heart. Then Pharaoh did harden his own heart during the first six plagues (Exodus 7:13-14, 22-23; 8:15, 19, 32; 9:7, 9:34-35). After that God confirmed Pharaoh in his decision, by also hardening his heart (Exodus 9:12, 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10). This is a warning to all of us to be careful in deciding what we want our relationship with God to be. Although He is not "willing that anyone should perish," He gives us freedom to choose.

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