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

New Living Translation
How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

English Standard Version
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Berean Study Bible
How much better to acquire wisdom than gold! To gain understanding is more desirable 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!

New King James Version
How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

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

NASB 1995
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

NASB 1977
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

Amplified Bible
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

Christian Standard Bible
Get wisdom — how much better it is than gold! And get understanding — it is preferable to silver.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Get wisdom-- how much better it is than gold! And get understanding-- it is preferable to silver.

American Standard Version
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Possessing wisdom is better than gold, and possessing understanding, better than silver.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The brood of wisdom is more to be chosen than gold, and the brood of prudence more to be chosen than silver.

Contemporary English Version
It's much better to be wise and sensible than to be rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

English Revised Version
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Good News Translation
It is better--much better--to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver.

International Standard Version
How much better than gaining gold is the acquisition of wisdom, the attainment of wisdom better than silver!

JPS Tanakh 1917
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Literal Standard Version
To get wisdom—how much better than gold, "" And to get understanding—to be chosen [more] than silver!

NET Bible
How much better it is to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire understanding is more desirable than silver.

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

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
15When a king’s face brightens, there is life; his favor is like a rain cloud in spring. 16How much better to acquire wisdom than gold! To gain understanding is more desirable than silver. 17The highway of the upright leads away from evil; he who guards his way protects his life.…

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

Job 28:17
Neither gold nor crystal can compare to it, nor jewels of fine gold be exchanged for it.

Proverbs 3:14
for she is more profitable than silver, and her gain is better than fine gold.

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

Proverbs 8:10
Receive my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.

Proverbs 8:19
My fruit is better than gold, pure gold, and my harvest surpasses choice silver.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Proverbs 3:15-18
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her…

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

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









Verse 16. - To get wisdom than gold (comp, Proverbs 3:14; Proverbs 8:10, 11, 19); and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver; Revised Version better, yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than [to get] silver. If the clauses are not simply parallel, and the comparative value of silver and gold is So be considered, we may, with Wordsworth, see here an intimation of the superiority of wisdom (chochmah) over intelligence (binah), the former being the guide of life and including the practice of religion, the latter denoting discernment, the faculty of distinguishing between one thing and another (see note on Proverbs 28:4, and the quotation from 'Pirke Aboth' on Proverbs 15:33). The LXX., for kenoh reading kinnot, have given a version of which the Fathers have largely availed themselves: "The nests of wisdom are preferable to gold, and the nests of knowledge are preferable above silver." Some of the old commentators take these "nests" to be the problems and apothegms which enshrine wisdom; others consider them to mean the children or scholars who are taught by the wise man.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
How much
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

better
טּ֥וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to acquire
קְֽנֹה־ (qə·nōh-)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

wisdom
חָכְמָ֗ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2451: Wisdom

than gold;
מֵחָר֑וּץ (mê·ḥā·rūṣ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2742: Incised, incisive, a trench, gold, a threshing-sledge, determination, eager

to gain
וּקְנ֥וֹת (ū·qə·nō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

understanding
בִּ֝ינָ֗ה (bî·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 998: An understanding

is more desirable
נִבְחָ֥ר (niḇ·ḥār)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 977: To try, select

than silver.
מִכָּֽסֶף׃ (mik·kā·sep̄)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3701: Silver, money


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