Proverbs 8:11
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New International Version
for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

New Living Translation
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.

English Standard Version
for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

New American Standard Bible
"For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

King James Bible
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For wisdom is better than jewels, and nothing desirable can compare with it.

International Standard Version
because wisdom is better than precious gems and nothing you desire can compare to it."

NET Bible
For wisdom is better than rubies, and desirable things cannot be compared to her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because wisdom is better than refined gold and better than precious stones, and nothing compares to it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because wisdom is better than jewels. Nothing you desire can equal it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For wisdom is better than rubies, And all things desirable are not to be compared unto her.

New American Standard 1977
“For wisdom is better than jewels;
            And all desirable things can not compare with her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For wisdom is better than precious stones; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

King James 2000 Bible
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

American King James Version
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

American Standard Version
For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
11For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to

Darby Bible Translation
for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not equal to it.

English Revised Version
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto her.

Webster's Bible Translation
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

World English Bible
For wisdom is better than rubies. All the things that may be desired can't be compared to it.

Young's Literal Translation
For better is wisdom than rubies, Yea, all delights are not comparable with it.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
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. 12"I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And I find knowledge and discretion.…
Word Study

For wisdom
chokmah  (khok-maw')
wisdom (in a good sense) -- skilful, wisdom, wisely, wit.

is better
towb  (tobe)
good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun

than rubies
paniyn  (paw-neen')
probably a pearl (as round) -- ruby.

and all the things that may be desired
chephets  (khay'-fets)
pleasure; hence (abstractly) desire; concretely, a valuable thing; hence (by extension) a matter (as something in mind)

are not to be compared
shavah  (shaw-vaw')
to level, i.e. equalize; figuratively, to resemble; by implication, to adjust (i.e. counterbalance, be suitable, compose, place, yield, etc.)

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Cross References
Job 28:15
"Pure gold cannot be given in exchange for it, Nor can silver be weighed as its price.

Job 28:18
"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.

Psalm 19:10
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

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

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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

Proverbs 31:10
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

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

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

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

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from …

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

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge …

Job 28:15-19 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for …

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

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

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 …

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