More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
I. THE EXCELLENCE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. None are ignorant of the value of money. Money gives access to every other possession. Point out the vanity of riches. They cannot benefit the possessor beyond this life. They are unsatisfying in their nature. The attainment of them is only within the reach of a few in every community. And they bring temptations to sin. Then, is not the Word of God more to be desired than gold?
II. THE WAY TO KNOW THE VALUE OF SCRIPTURE, AND TO TASTE ITS SWEETNESS. Many are but formal readers. To read aright, you must be renewed in the spirit of your minds. There must be a Divine illumination. Pray more for the Spirit's influence. If we would understand the value of the Scriptures, we shall find it useful to reflect upon their designs and our circumstances. And we must read them with patient perseverance.
Parallel VersesKJV: More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.