Proverbs 8:10
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New International Version
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,

New Living Translation
Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.

English Standard Version
Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

New American Standard Bible
"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

King James Bible
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.

International Standard Version
Grab hold of my instruction in lieu of money and knowledge instead of the finest gold,

NET Bible
Receive my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.

New Heart English Bible
Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Receive discipline and not silver, and choose for yourselves knowledge rather than refined gold.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Take my discipline, not silver, and my knowledge rather than fine gold,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold.

New American Standard 1977
“Take my instruction, and not silver,
            And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Receive my chastening and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.

King James 2000 Bible
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

American King James Version
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

American Standard Version
Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Receive my instruction, and not money: choose knowledge rather than gold.

Darby Bible Translation
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold:

English Revised Version
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

World English Bible
Receive my instruction rather than silver; knowledge rather than choice gold.

Young's Literal Translation
Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
9"They are all straightforward to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. 10"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. 11"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.…
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.

Psalm 119:72
The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Yodh.

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

Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.

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.

Ecclesiastes 7:11
Wisdom along with an inheritance is good And an advantage to those who see the sun.
Treasury of Scripture

Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Proverbs 2:4,5 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures…

Proverbs 3:13,14 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked …

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 119:72,127,162 The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver…

Ecclesiastes 7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to …

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Verse 10. - Receive my instruction, and not silver; i.e. acquire wisdom rather than silver, if ever the choice is yours. And knowledge rather than choice gold (comp. ver. 19; Proverbs 3:140. (For "knowledge," daath, see on Proverbs 2:10.) The comparison is implied rather than expressed in the first clause, while it is made clear in the second. Thus Hosea 6:6, "I desired mercy, and not sacrifice," the second matter mentioned being, not necessarily of no importance, but always in such cases of inferior importance to the other. We may quote Horace's complaint of the worldliness of his countrymen, a marked contrast to the inspired counsel of Proverbs ('Epist.,' 1:1, 52) -

"Villus argentum est auro, virtutibus aurum.
O cives, cives! quaerenda pecunia primum est,
Virtus post nummos."
Receive my instruction, and not silver,.... Not but that silver may be desired, sought after and received, consistent with the instructions of wisdom; though an anxious, immoderate, sinful pursuit after it, hinders the reception of them; and when they are in competition, the one is to be preferred to the other: the doctrines of the Gospel are of more worth, and more to be desired, than thousands of gold and silver; and therefore the meaning is, that the instruction of wisdom should be received rather than silver; it should have the preference; so Gersom interprets it, and with which agrees the following clause:

and knowledge rather than choice gold; that is, the knowledge of Christ, and the knowledge of God in Christ; the knowledge of the Gospel, and the truths of it; a spiritual and experimental knowledge of these things is of more value than the finest gold, than the gold of Ophir; see Psalm 19:10. 10. not silver—preferable to it, so last clause implies comparison.8:1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guide the most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Where there is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive the truth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold.
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