|New International Version (©2011)|
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
New Living Translation (©2007)
I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
With me are riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness.
International Standard Version (©2012)
Wealth and honor accompany me, as do enduring wealth and righteousness.
NET Bible (©2006)
Riches and honor are with me, long-lasting wealth and righteousness.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“Riches and honor are mine, and possessions, old age and righteousness.”
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
I have riches and honor, lasting wealth and righteousness.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
American King James Version
Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness.
American Standard Version
Riches and honor are with me; Yea , durable wealth and righteousness.
With me are riches and glory, glorious riches and justice.
Darby Bible Translation
Riches and honour are with me; durable wealth and righteousness.
English Revised Version
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Webster's Bible Translation
Riches and honor are with me; durable riches and righteousness.
World English Bible
With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity.
Young's Literal Translation
Wealth and honour are with me, Lasting substance and righteousness.
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.
Verse 18. - Riches and honour are with me (see Proverbs 3:16). Wisdom has these things in her possession to bestow on whom she will, as God gave them to Solomon in reward of his petition for wisdom (1 Kings 3:13). Durable riches and righteousness. Things often regarded as incompatible. Durable, עָתֵק (athek), occurs only here (but see Isaiah 23:18), and means "old," "venerable," "long accumulated;" hence firm and lasting. Righteousness is the last reward that Wisdom bestows, without which, indeed, all material blessings would be nothing worth. Wealth obtained in a right way, and rightly used, is durable and stable. This was especially true under a temporal dispensation. We Christians, however, look not for reward in uncertain riches, but in God's favour here and happiness in another world. The Septuagint, "Possession of many things, and righteousness." What is denoted by "righteousness" is further explained in the following verses, 19-21.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Riches and honour are with me,.... By "riches" are meant not the riches of Christ's person, the perfections of his nature, his works, and his vast empire over all creatures, and the revenues arising from thence, which though durable, yet not communicable; not temporal riches, which, though with him, and at his dispose, yet these, at least a large share of them, and in common, is not given to his people, nor are they durable; but the riches of grace, redeeming, justifying, pardoning, and sanctifying grace, are intended, and the riches of glory in another world: and so "honour" designs not that which he has as a divine Person, or as Mediator, which is incommunicable; much less temporal honour, for though this is with him and from him, as appears Proverbs 8:15; yet it is not usually given to his followers, who are not the great and noble, but generally reckoned the offscouring of all things; nor is such honour durable; but the honour he gives his people lies in their being espoused to him, in being the sons of God through him, in being made by him kings and priests unto God, and in reigning with him here and for ever;
yea, durable riches and righteousness; which last some understand as another adjunct and epithet of riches, and represent them in opposition to mammon of unrighteousness, or to riches either ill-gotten or ill-managed; and expresses another property of Christ's riches of grace and glory, as being what are come by in a way of righteousness into his hands, and are distributed faithfully by him; though rather it respects a distinct thing which is with Christ, and in his hands to give, even his justifying righteousness, consisting of his active and passive obedience, which he has wrought out, is in him, and given by him to his people; and is what is called the righteousness of God and of faith; which secures from condemnation and entitles to eternal life; and is an everlasting one, as durable as his riches are, which are his fulness that ever continues with him: pardon is "simul" and "semel" (g), and for ever; sanctifying grace, as faith, hope, and love, always abide; and about the riches of glory there can be no doubt of the permanency of them; and the same may be said of honour both here and hereafter.
(g) "At once" and "once for all".
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
18. durable riches … righteousness—Such are the "riches," enduring sources of happiness in moral possessions (compare Pr 3:16).
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