Proverbs 23:23
New International Version
Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

New Living Translation
Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

English Standard Version
Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Berean Study Bible
Invest in truth and never sell it—in wisdom and instruction and understanding.

New American Standard Bible
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

King James Bible
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Buy--and do not sell--truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Contemporary English Version
Invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don't part with them.

Good News Translation
Truth, wisdom, learning, and good sense--these are worth paying for, but too valuable for you to sell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Buy--and do not sell--truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

International Standard Version
Purchase truth, but don't sell it; store up wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

NET Bible
Acquire truth and do not sell it--wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.

New Heart English Bible
Buy the truth, and do not sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Buy truth and do not sell wisdom, instruction or understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Buy truth (and do not sell it), [that is,] buy wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Buy the truth, and sell it not; Also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

New American Standard 1977
Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Buy the truth and sell it not, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

American King James Version
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

American Standard Version
Buy the truth, and sell it not; Yea , wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Buy truth, and do not sell wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Darby Bible Translation
Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.

English Revised Version
Buy the truth, and sell it not; yea, wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

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,
Study Bible
True Riches
22Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23Invest in truth and never sell it— in wisdom and instruction and understanding. 24The father of a righteous man will greatly rejoice, and he who fathers a wise son will delight in him.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:44
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is supreme; therefore acquire wisdom. And whatever else you obtain, gain understanding.

Proverbs 17:16
Why should the fool have money in his hand with no intention of buying wisdom?

Proverbs 18:15
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out.

Treasury of Scripture

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

buy

Proverbs 2:2-4
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; …

Proverbs 4:5-7
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth…

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

sell

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?

Acts 20:23
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

Hebrews 11:26
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.







Lexicon
Invest in
קְ֭נֵה (qə·nêh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

truth
אֱמֶ֣ת (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

and never
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

sell it—
תִּמְכֹּ֑ר (tim·kōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4376: To sell

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

and instruction
וּמוּסָ֣ר (ū·mū·sār)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

and understanding.
וּבִינָֽה׃ (ū·ḇî·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 998: An understanding
(23) Buy the truth, and sell it not.--The "truth" is here described under the three heads of wisdom, self-discipline, and understanding. (See above, on Proverbs 1:2.) All these are to be obtained from God (James 1:5), who gives to every man "liberally," "without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1). (Comp. Revelation 3:18, and the "treasure" and "pearl of great price" of Matthew 13:44-46.)

Verse 23. - Buy the truth, and sell it not (comp. Proverbs 4:5, 7; Proverbs 16:16). Consider truth as a thing of the highest value, and spare no pains, cost, or sacrifice to obtain it, and, when gotten, keep it safe; do not barter it for earthly profit or the pleasures of sense; do not be reasoned out of it, or laughed out of it; "sell it not," do not part with it for any consideration. The second clause gives the sphere in which truth moves, or the three properties which appertain to it. These are: wisdom (chochmah), practical knowledge; instruction (musar), moral culture and discipline; and understanding (binah), the faculty of discernment (see notes on Proverbs 1:2). This verse is omitted in the chief manuscripts of the Septuagint. 23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.
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