Proverbs 16:16
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New International Version
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!

New Living Translation
How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

English Standard Version
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

New American Standard Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

King James Bible
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Get wisdom-- how much better it is than gold! And get understanding-- it is preferable to silver.

International Standard Version
How much better than gaining gold is the acquisition of wisdom, the attainment of wisdom better than silver!

NET Bible
How much better it is to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire understanding is more desirable than silver.

New Heart English Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold. Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Possessing wisdom is better than gold, and possessing understanding, better than silver.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver.

JPS Tanakh 1917
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

New American Standard 1977
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
            And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

Jubilee Bible 2000
How much better is it to acquire wisdom than gold! and to acquire understanding is worth more than silver!

King James 2000 Bible
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

American King James Version
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

American Standard Version
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

Darby Bible Translation
How much better is it to get wisdom than fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

English Revised Version
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Webster's Bible Translation
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver?

World English Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Young's Literal Translation
To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
Study Bible
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
15In the light of a king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain. 16How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. 17The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.…
Cross References
Job 28:15
"Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price.

Job 28:17
"Gold or glass cannot equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.

Proverbs 3:14
For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.

Proverbs 4:5
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:10
"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

Proverbs 8:19
"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.
Treasury of Scripture

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

Proverbs 3:15-18 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire …

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all …

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

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

Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold; yes, above fine gold.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency …

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and …

Luke 12:21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

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