Proverbs 2:4
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New American Standard Bible
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

King James Bible
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Darby Bible Translation
if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hidden treasures:

World English Bible
If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:

Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures searchest for her,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Note the illustrations.

(1) Contact with Phoenician commerce, and joint expeditions in ships of Tarshish (see Psalm 72:10 note), had made the Israelites familiar with the risks and the enterprise of the miller's life. Compare Job 28:p>(2) The treasure hidden in a field, is the second point of comparison. Such treasure-seeking has always been characteristic of the East. Compare Matthew 13:44.

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Notes on the Fourth Century
Page 238. Med. 1. In the wording of this meditation, and of several other passages in the Fourth Century, it seems as though Traherne is speaking not of himself, but of, a friend and teacher of his. He did this, no doubt, in order that he might not lay himself open to the charge of over-egotism. Yet that he is throughout relating his own experiences is proved by the fact that this Meditation, as first written, contains passages which the author afterwards marked for omission. In its original form
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

Sundry Sharp Reproofs
This doctrine draws up a charge against several sorts: 1 Those that think themselves good Christians, yet have not learned this art of holy mourning. Luther calls mourning a rare herb'. Men have tears to shed for other things, but have none to spare for their sins. There are many murmurers, but few mourners. Most are like the stony ground which lacked moisture' (Luke 8:6). We have many cry out of hard times, but they are not sensible of hard hearts. Hot and dry is the worst temper of the body. Sure
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Matthew 13:44
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Job 3:21
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

Proverbs 2:3
For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding;

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

Proverbs 8:17
"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

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