Proverbs 3:14
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English Standard Version
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.

King James Bible
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

American Standard Version
For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The purchasing thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and her fruit than the chiefest and purest gold:

English Revised Version
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain of it than fine gold.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The subject to תּהי; (it shall be) is just this religious-moral conduct. The conjectural reading לבשׂרך (Clericus), לשׁרך equals לשׁארך (Ewald, Hitzig), to thy flesh or body, is unnecessary; the lxx and Syr. so translating, generalize the expression, which is not according to their taste. שׁר, from שׁרר, Arab. sarr, to be fast, to bind fast, properly, the umbilical cord (which the Arabs call surr, whence the denom. sarra, to cut off the umbilical cord of the newborn); thus the navel, the origin of which coincides with the independent individual existence of the new-born, and is as the firm centre (cf. Arab. saryr, foundation, basis, Job, p. 487) of the existence of the body. The system of punctuation does not, as a rule, permit the doubling of ר, probably on account of the prevailing half guttural, i.e., the uvular utterance of this sound by the men of Tiberias.

(Note: See my work, Physiologie u. Musik in ihrer Bedeutung fr Grammatik besonders die hebrische, pp. 11-13.)

לשׁרּך here, and שׁרּך at Ezekiel 16:4, belong to the exceptions; cf. the expanded duplication in שׁררך, Sol 7:3, to which a chief form שׁרר is as little to be assumed as is a הרר to הררי. The ἅπ. γεγρ. רפאוּת, healing, has here, as מרפּא, Proverbs 4:22; Proverbs 16:24, and תּרוּפה, Ezekiel 47:12, not the meaning of restoration from sickness, but the raising up of enfeebled strength, or the confirming of that which exists; the navel comes into view as the middle point of the vis vitalis. שׁקּוּי is a Piel formation, corresponding to the abstract Kal formation רפאוּת; the Arab. saqâ, used transit. (to give to drink), also saqqâ (cf. Pu. Job 21:24) and asqâ, like the Hebr. השׁקה (Hiph. of שׁקה, to drink); the infin. (Arab.) saqy means, to the obliterating of the proper signification, distribution, benefaction, showing friendship, but in the passage before us is to be explained after Job 21:24 (the marrow of his bones is well watered; Arnheim - full of sap) and Proverbs 15:30. Bertheau and Hitzig erroneously regard Proverbs 3:8 as the conclusion to Proverbs 3:7, for they interpret רפאות as the subject; but had the poet wished to be so understood, he should have written וּתהי. Much rather the subject is devotion withdrawn from the evil one and turned to God, which externally proves itself by the dedication to Him of earthly possessions.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

2 Chronicles 1:11,12 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of your enemies...

Job 28:13-19 Man knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living...

Psalm 119:72,111,162 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver...

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Philippians 3:8,9 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord...

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed...

Cross References
Job 28:15
It cannot be bought for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price.

Proverbs 2:4
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

Proverbs 8:10
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.

Proverbs 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

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