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

New Living Translation
For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.

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

New American Standard Bible
For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold.

International Standard Version
because her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her yield than fine gold.

NET Bible
For her benefit is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than gold.

New Heart English Bible
For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because its merchandise is better than the merchandise of silver, and the excellencies of its increase than refined gold,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The profit [gained] from [wisdom]is greater than the profit [gained] from silver. Its yield is better than fine gold.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, And the gain thereof than fine gold.

New American Standard 1977
For its profit is better than the profit of silver,
            And its gain than fine gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the fruits thereof more than fine gold.

King James 2000 Bible
For the gain from it is better than the gain from silver, and the profit thereof than fine gold.

American King James Version
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:

Darby Bible Translation
For the gain thereof is better than the gain of silver, and her revenue than fine 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.

World English Bible
For her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return is better than fine gold.

Young's Literal Translation
For better is her merchandise Than the merchandise of silver, And than gold -- her increase.
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
13How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. 15She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.…
Cross References
Job 28:15
"Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price.

Proverbs 2:4
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

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.

Proverbs 16:16
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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 …

2 Chronicles 1:11,12 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in your heart, and you …

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

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 …

Philippians 3:8,9 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be …

Verse 14. - The merchandise (sakh'rah); Vulgate, acquisitio; LXX., ἐμπορεύεσθαι. The gain arising from trading in wisdom is better than that which arises from trading in silver. Sakh'rah is the gain or profit arising from merchandise, i.e. from trading. It denotes the act itself of gaining. The root sakrah, like the Greek ἐμπορευέσθαι, signifies "to go about for the sake of traffic," i.e. to trade. There may be an allusion here, as in Proverbs 2:4, to the new commerce (Plumptre). The gain thereof (t'vuathah); i.e. the gain existing in, and going along with, Wisdom herself; gain, therefore, in a different sense from that indicated in sakh'rah. Gesenius takes it as "gain resulting from Wisdom," as in Proverbs 8:19 and Isaiah 23:3. The word is used of the produce of the earth, the idea apparently embodied in the Vulgate fructus. In this case there may be a reference to ver. 18, where Wisdom is said to be a "tree of life." The LXX. omits the latter clause of this verse. The sense is, "The possession of Wisdom herself is better than fine gold." Fine gold (karuts); Vulgate, aurum purum; Syriac, aurum purissimum. Kharuts is the poetic word for gold, so called, either

(1) from its brilliancy, and then akin to the Greek χρυσός (Curtius); or

(2) from its being dug up, from the root kharats, "to cut into or dig up, to sharpen." It evidently means the finest and purest gold, and is here contrasted with silver (keseph). The word is translated "choice gold" in Proverbs 8:10; "gold" simply in Proverbs 16:16; "yellow gold" in Psalm 68:13; and "fine gold" in Zechariah 9:3. In the Version Junii et Tremellii it appears as effosum aurum, "gold dug up," i.e. gold in its native, unalloyed state. The Targum Jonathan understands it of "molten gold" (aurum conflatum). For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,.... The believer is a spiritual merchant; faith is a trading with and for Christ, and for spiritual and heavenly things by him; and because there is a parting with something for Christ, as a man's sinful lusts and pleasures, his own righteousness, his friends and relations, when set in opposition to or competition with him, and even life itself, when called for; and because he runs a risk of suffering reproach, afflictions, and death itself; therefore this concern with him, and enjoyment of him, is called a "merchandise", which is "better than that of silver", or than silver which is got by merchandise: for Christ, and the things of Christ, are more valuable than silver, and to be preferred unto it; more useful and profitable than silver is, which a man may have a large abundance of, and lose his soul, whereas by Christ is the salvation of it; more satisfying than silver is, with which a man is never satisfied, whereas he that has Christ has enough, having all things; more pleasant in obtaining, and more safe in enjoying; a great deal of anxiety and vexation attend the one, and inexpressible pleasure the other; and more durable and lasting than that, the enjoyment of Christ is for ever;

and the gain thereof than fine gold; the doctrines and ordinances of Christ are more to be desired than gold, yea, than fine gold; the blessings of grace by Christ, such as redemption, pardon of sin, &c. are not obtained by corruptible things, as silver and gold, but are more precious than they; and even the graces of Christ in the hearts of his people, as faith, hope, and love, are more precious than gold that perisheth; and much more preferable must he himself be, and the gain that accrues to a believer by him, which is cent per cent an hundred fold, even in this world, and in the world to come everlasting life: it is all clear gain a believer gets by Christ and trading with him; he has him, and all with him, without money and without price; he has that which is more worth than the gain of the whole world, even the salvation of his immortal soul; the riches he has by Christ are immense and unsearchable, the riches of grace and glory; it cannot be said how great this gain is. 14, 15. The figure of Pr 3:13 carried out.

it—that is, wisdom.

merchandise of silver—acquisition by trading.

fine gold—dug gold, solid as a nugget.3:13-20 No precious jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business; we must venture all in it, and be willing to part with all for it. This Wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ and his salvation, sought and obtained by faith and prayer. Were it not for unbelief, remaining sinfulness, and carelessness, we should find all our ways pleasantness, and our paths peace, for his are so; but we too often step aside from them, to our own hurt and grief. Christ is that Wisdom, by whom the worlds were made, and still are in being; happy are those to whom he is made of God wisdom. He has wherewithal to make good all his promises.
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