New International Version
Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
King James Bible
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Darby Bible Translation
Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.
World English Bible
Buy the truth, and don't sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
Truth buy, and sell not, Wisdom, and instruction, and understanding,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Buy the truth - Acquire the knowledge of God at all events; and in order to do this, too much pains, industry, and labor cannot be expended.
And sell it not - When once acquired, let no consideration deprive thee of it. Cleave to and guard it, even at the risk of thy life. Coverdale translates: "Labour for to get the treuth; sell not awaye wissdome."
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'My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17. Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 18. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 19. Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. 20. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness …
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"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.
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