How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
“My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
“Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.
“Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection,
But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”