Proverbs 4:7
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New International Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

New Living Translation
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

English Standard Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

New American Standard Bible
"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

King James Bible
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is supreme--so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.

International Standard Version
Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.

NET Bible
Wisdom is supreme--so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom, and with all your possessions purchase understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding with all that you have.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
            And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

American King James Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession purchase prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of wisdom [is], Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: yea, with all thou hast gotten get understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

World English Bible
Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
The first thing is wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
Study Bible
Listen to a Father's Instruction
6"Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. 7"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. 8"Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her.…
Cross References
Proverbs 4:5
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:23
"From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.

Proverbs 23:23
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

wisdom is

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

Ecclesiastes 9:16-18 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor …

Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; …

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which …

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

with

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

Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to …

Psalm 49:16-20 Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house …

Ecclesiastes 2:4-9 I made me great works; I built me houses; I planted me vineyards…

Mark 8:36,37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, …

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

get understanding

Psalm 119:104 Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

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