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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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Rubies.—See above on Proverbs 3:15.Luke 4:22; Matthew 11:19. Job 28:16;
and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it; See Gill on Proverbs 3:15.
(z) "gemmis", Baynus; "prae gemmis politis", Schultens. (a) "Margaritas", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "unionibus", Cocceius. (b) "Carbunculis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)11. rubies] See Proverbs 3:15, note.
to it] Better, unto her, R.V.Verse 11. - (See Proverbs 3:14, 15, and notes.) Proverbs 1:4; regarding פּתאים, those who are easily susceptible of good or bad, according to the influence that is brought to bear upon them, vid., also Proverbs 1:4; and regarding כּסילים, the intellectually heavy, dull persons in whom the flesh burdens the mind, vid., at Proverbs 1:22. לב is parallel with ערמה, for the heart (according to its Semitic etymon, that which remains fast, like a kernel, the central-point) is used for the understanding of which it is the seat (Psychol. p. 249), or heartedness equals intelligence (cf. חסר־לב, Proverbs 6:32 equals ἄνους or ἄλογος). We take ערמה and לב as objective, as we have translated: that which is in both, and in which they consist. Thus הבּין, which is a favourite word with this author, has both times the simple transitive meaning of the gain of understanding into the nature and worth of both; and we neither need to interpret the second הבינוּ in the double transitive meaning, "to bring to understanding," nor, with Hitzig, to change in into הכינוּ
(Note: Vid., the Hebr. Zeitschrift, החלוץ, 1856, p. 112.) direct, i.e., applicate.
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