Proverbs 16:16
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New American Standard Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

King James Bible
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Darby Bible Translation
How much better is it to get wisdom than fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

World English Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Young's Literal Translation
To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!

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Proverbs 16:16 Parallel Commentaries

April 17. "He that Ruleth his Spirit is Better than He that Taketh a City" (Prov. xvi. 32).
"He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city" (Prov. xvi. 32). Temperance is true self-government. It involves the grace of self-denial and the spirit of a sound mind. It is that poise of spirit that holds us quiet, self-possessed, recollected, deliberate, and subject ever to the voice of God and the conviction of duty in every step we take. Many persons have not that poise and recollected spirit. They are drifting at the impulse of their own impressions, moods, the influence of
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Unsound Spiritual Trading
A sermon (No. 849) delivered on Lord's Day morning, January 10th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits."----Proverbs 16:2. During the last two years some of the most notable commercial reputations have been hopelessly destroyed. Men in the great world of trade who were trusted for hundreds of thousands of pounds, around whose characters there hovered no cloud of suspicion nor even the
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Sovereignty of God in Reprobation
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God" (Rom. 11:22). In the last chapter when treating of the Sovereignty of God the Father in Salvation, we examined seven passages which represent Him as making a choice from among the children of men, and predestinating certain ones to be conformed to the image of His Son. The thoughtful reader will naturally ask, And what of those who were not "ordained to eternal life?" The answer which is usually returned to this question, even by those who profess
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
Rom. xi. 36.--"Of him and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever." And 1 Cor. x. 31--"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." All that men have to know, may be comprised under these two heads,--What their end is, and What is the right way to attain to that end? And all that we have to do, is by any means to seek to compass that end. These are the two cardinal points of a man's knowledge and exercise. Quo et qua eundum est,--Whither to go, and what way to go.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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.

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

Proverbs 4:5
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:10
"Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

Proverbs 8:19
"My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, And my yield better than choicest silver.

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