Proverbs 4:7
New International Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

New Living Translation
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

English Standard Version
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

Berean Study Bible
Wisdom is supreme; therefore acquire wisdom. And whatever else you obtain, gain understanding.

New American Standard Bible
"The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

King James Bible
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is supreme--so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.

Contemporary English Version
The best thing about Wisdom is Wisdom herself; good sense is more important than anything else.

Good News Translation
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wisdom is supreme--so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.

International Standard Version
Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.

NET Bible
Wisdom is supreme--so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!

New Heart English Bible
Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom, and with all your possessions purchase understanding.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The beginning of wisdom is to acquire wisdom. Acquire understanding with all that you have.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

New American Standard 1977
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

American King James Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

American Standard Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of wisdom, get wisdom, and with all thy possession purchase prudence.

Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of wisdom [is], Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence.

English Revised Version
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: yea, with all thou hast gotten get understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

World English Bible
Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
The first thing is wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.
Study Bible
A Father's Instruction
6Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you. 7Wisdom is supreme; therefore acquire wisdom. And whatever else you obtain, gain understanding. 8Prize her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.…
Cross References
Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn from them.

Proverbs 8:23
From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, before the earth began.

Proverbs 23:23
Invest in truth and never sell it--in wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Treasury of Scripture

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

wisdom is

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

Ecclesiastes 9:16-18
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard…

Matthew 13:44-46
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field…

with

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

Proverbs 21:6
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

Psalm 49:16-20
Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; …

get understanding

Psalm 119:104
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.







Lexicon
Wisdom
חָ֭כְמָה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

is supreme;
רֵאשִׁ֣ית (rê·šîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7225: The first, in place, time, order, rank

therefore acquire
קְנֵ֣ה (qə·nêh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

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

And whatever
וּבְכָל־ (ū·ḇə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

else you obtain,
קִ֝נְיָנְךָ֗ (qin·yā·nə·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7075: Creation, creatures, acquisition, purchase, wealth

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

understanding.
בִינָֽה׃ (ḇî·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 998: An understanding
(7) Wisdom is the principal thing . . .--This may also be translated, The beginning of wisdom is Get (or, to get, comp. Proverbs 16:16) wisdom: and with (i.e., at the price of) all thou hast gotten (thy possessions) get understanding.

Verse 7. - Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. The older versions, such as the Alexandrian LXX. (the verse is omitted by the Vatican LXX.), Targum, and Syriac, agree in rendering this verse, "The beginning of wisdom is get wisdom," which is equivalent to saying that the beginning of wisdom consists in the acquisition of wisdom, or, as Umbreit explains, "in the resolution to get wisdom." That this rendering, which is adopted by Luther, Delitzsch, and Umbreit, may be correct appears from Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10, where we have the same construction, only in inverted order. Seneca's aphorism is conceived in much the same spirit: "Magna pars boni est velle fieri bonum" - "A large part of good is the wish to become good;" i.e. that the beginning of being good depends to a large extent upon the wish to become so. The objections to this rendering are:

(1) That it is difficult to see how the beginning of wisdom can be the acquisition of it.

(2) That elsewhere, as in Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10, the beginning of wisdom is represented as the fear of the Lord.

(3) That it does not fall in well with the context or with the aim of the father's teaching, which is to hold up wisdom as pre-eminently a blessing, as the most excellent and highest thing attainable. On the other hand, Hitzig, De Dieu, Doderlein, Zockler, render as in the Authorized Version, "Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom;" i.e. wisdom is the highest good, and therefore ought to be obtained. The word reshith is found with this signification in ch. 24:20; 1 Samuel 2:29; Job 40:19; Jeremiah 49:35; Amos 6:1-6. And with all thy getting get understanding. This does not mean, as the Authorized Version seems to imply, that while you are acquiring other things, you are to acquire wisdom, but that wisdom is to be purchased with all you have acquired or gotten. "Getting" (kin'yon) is the purchase money. No price is too high to be paid for her, no sacrifice too great; cf. the parables of the hidden treasure and goodly pearl (Matthew 13:44: Luke 10:42), in both of which the man sold "all that he had" to obtain the prize. There is a play upon the words in the original (kin'yan'ki k'neh), which is preserved in our translation. 4:1-13 We must look upon our teachers as our fathers: though instruction carry in it reproof and correction, bid it welcome. Solomon's parents loved him, therefore taught him. Wise and godly men, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists in obedience, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, take pains for it. Get the rule over thy corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world. An interest in Christ's salvation is necessary. This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid being straitened or stumbling.
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