Proverbs 20:15
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New International Version
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

King James Bible
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Darby Bible Translation
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a precious Jewel.

World English Bible
There is gold and abundance of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

Young's Literal Translation
Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, are lips of knowledge.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

There is gold - Gold is valuable, silver is valuable, and so are jewels; but the teachings of sound knowledge are more valuable than all.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 10:20,21 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth...

Proverbs 15:7,23 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not so...

Proverbs 16:16,21,24 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!...

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on an obedient ear.

Job 28:12-19 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding...

Ecclesiastes 12:9-11 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out...

Romans 10:14,15 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

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Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Job 28:18
Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

Proverbs 20:14
"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

Proverbs 20:16
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

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