Proverbs 16:16
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New International Version
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than 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!

Proverbs 16:16 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

How much better - to get wisdom than gold? - Who believes this, though spoken by the wisest of men, under Divine inspiration?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 3:15-18 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared to her...

Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold...

Job 28:13 Man knows not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Luke 12:21 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Library
April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Job 28:15
It cannot be bought with the finest gold, nor can its price be weighed out in silver.

Job 28:17
Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.

Proverbs 3:14
for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

Proverbs 8:10
Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.

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