Proverbs 2:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

New Living Translation
Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

English Standard Version
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

New American Standard Bible
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

King James Bible
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,

International Standard Version
if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure,

NET Bible
if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will seek it as silver and you will search it out as treasure

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if you search for wisdom as if it were money and hunt for it as if it were hidden treasure,

Jubilee Bible 2000
if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hid treasures,

King James 2000 Bible
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

American King James Version
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

American Standard Version
If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a treasure:

Darby Bible Translation
if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hidden treasures:

English Revised Version
If thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

World English Bible
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures searchest for her,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-9 Those who earnestly seek heavenly wisdom, will never complain that they have lost their labour; and the freeness of the gift does not do away the necessity of our diligence, Joh 6:27. Let them seek, and they shall find it; let them ask, and it shall be given them. Observe who are thus favoured. They are the righteous, on whom the image of God is renewed, which consists in righteousness. If we depend upon God, and seek to him for wisdom, he will enable us to keep the paths of judgment.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - If thou seekest, etc. The climax in the series of conditions is reached in this verse; and the imagery employed in both clauses indicates that the search after Wisdom is to be persevering, unrelaxing, and diligent, like the unremitting toil and labour with which men carry on mining operations. "To seek" (בָּקַשׁ, bakash) in the original is properly "to seek diligently" (piel), and is kindred to "to search" (קָפַשׂ, khaphas), which again is equivalent to "to dig" (חָפַר, khaphar), the Vulgate effodere, "to dig out." Compare the expression in Job 3:21, "And dig for it more than for hid treasures." We trace in these verbs the idea in the mind of the teacher indicated above, which finds expression also in the object of the search, the silver, in its crude state, and the hidden treasures (מַטְמֹנִים mat'monim), i.e. the treasures of gold, silver, and precious metal concealed in the earth. The comparison here made between the search for Wisdom and the search for the hidden treasures of the earth was not unfamiliar to the Hebrew mind, as it is found worked out with great beauty of detail in the twenty-eighth chapter of Job. Again, the comparison of Wisdom with things most precious in the estimation of man is natural and common, and occurs in Psalm 119:72; Job 28:15-19. The same ideas and comparisons here used are presented to us in the New Testament teaching, in our Lord's parable of the man who finds the hid treasure in the field, and, in the phraseology of St. Paul, who speaks of "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," and of "the unsearchable riches of Christ." "Divine knowledge is an inexhaustible mine of precious ore" (Wardlaw). The language of the Proverbs would receive additional three from the circumstances of the reign of Solomon, the most splendid and prosperous era in the annals of the Jewish national history, in the means taken to secure the treasures of other and distant countries; the wealth and the riches of that reign (see 2 Chronicles 9:20-22) would help to bring out the idea of the superlative value of Wisdom. In no era of the Jewish national history was there such abundance of riches, such splendid prosperity, as in the reign of Solomon, whose ships of Tarshish brought "gold and silver" (see 2 Chronicles 9:20-22), and this state of things would give point to the comparisons which the teacher uses in our text.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If thou seekest her as silver,.... That is, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; which all signify and relate unto one and the same thing, expressed here by "her": namely, the doctrine of wisdom, or Christ; that is, the Gospel, and a spiritual and experimental knowledge and understanding of it, and the truths thereof; which are as desirable and valuable as silver, and more so; and which may be fitly compared to it, and be preferred before it, for their purity, solidity, and duration; see Psalm 119:72; and are to be sought after with as much and more eagerness, affection, and diligence, as silver is by those who are most covetous of it, Proverbs 8:10;

and searchest for her as for hid treasures; the Gospel is a treasure, 2 Corinthians 4:7; an accumulation of riches. It contains rich truths, things valuable for their antiquity; for being far fetched and dearly bought, coming from heaven, and sealed by the blood of Christ, and the holy martyrs of Jesus; and for the abundance of them; there are treasures of wisdom and knowledge in the Gospel, and in Christ the sum and substance of it, who is full of truth as well as grace, Colossians 2:3. It contains rich blessings of grace, such as are spiritual, solid, and substantial, sure and irreversible; and a multitude of them, Romans 15:29; and also rich promises, exceeding great and precious ones; which are absolute and unconditional, suited to the various cases of God's people, and sure to all the seed: and it reveals the riches of God's goodness, his special goodness in Christ; the unsearchable riches of Christ; and the riches both of grace and glory. And under this notion of a treasure is it to be searched for, and as an hid treasure; in allusion to what is laid up in the cabinets of princes, or lies in the bowels of the earth, as precious stones: Pliny (m) says, that "topazin", in the language of the Troglodytes, has the signification of seeking, because "topazes" are diligently sought for and searched after; See Gill on Job 28:19. The Gospel, and the truths of it, were greatly hid under the former dispensation from the Gentile world, and very much from the Jews themselves; being wrapped up in dark prophecies, obscure hints, and shadowy types and sacrifices; and are now, and always were, entirely hid from the wicked and reprobate part of the world, from them that are lost, and from God's own elect before conversion. This is "the fellowship of the mystery" that was "hid in God", in his heart, from all eternity, Ephesians 3:9, the truths of it are the "treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid" in Christ, Colossians 2:3; and likewise the "treasure hid in the field" of the Scriptures, Matthew 22:44; which therefore are to be searched into for them, with like labour and resolution with which men dig into the earth, to find the rich ore that is in the bowels of it: and this should be done by diligent reading them; by frequent and deep meditation on them; by constant hearing the truths of the Gospel preached; by earnest prayer for the illumination of the divine Spirit to understand them; and by all the help of the writings of good men, and conversation with them, that can be had. These are things to be sought for and searched after, in the first place, in the early time of life; and with the utmost diligence and labour, as being of the greatest moment and importance.

(m) Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. There must be earnest prayer and effort.

Proverbs 2:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Benefits of Wisdom
3For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:44
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Job 3:21
to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

Proverbs 2:3
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,

Proverbs 3:14
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Treasury of Scripture

If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

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Proverbs 3:14,15 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, …

Proverbs 8:18,19 Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness…

Proverbs 16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: …

Psalm 119:14,72,127 I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches…

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust …

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; …

Matthew 19:21,22,29 Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, …

searchest

Job 28:12-20 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding…

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither …

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely…

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