Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
I. TRUTH IS A MATTER OF PURCHASE. Truth is, in itself, one, perfect, and eternal. To us it is a growing and increasing treasure. The truth we consider is that which has been delivered down to us through the Scriptures. We get truth by having the eye ever open to observe it; by reading, meditation, and conversation.
II. TRUTH MUST NOT BE SOLD. Amongst other shrines at which we shall be tempted to sell the truth is —
1. The commercial spirit of the day. We are tempted by the mode in which the arrangements of the kingdom of Christ are compelled to make way for the arrangements of this world. This absorption of mind by the spirit of earthly gain gives little time for religious exercises, and breeds an inclination to extol certain business virtues.
2. Men sacrifice the truth on the altar of narrow-minded exclusiveness in the application of the privileges and blessings of truth. Truth is lost in sectarianism.
3. There is peril for truth in the spirit of rationalism that is abroad.
Parallel VersesKJV: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.