Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

How much better than gaining gold is the acquisition of wisdom, the attainment of wisdom better than silver!

New American Standard Bible

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.

A Conservative Version

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

American Standard Version

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

Amplified

How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Bible in Basic English

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! and to get knowledge is more to be desired than silver.

Darby Translation

How much better is it to get wisdom than fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

Jubilee 2000 Bible

How much better is it to acquire wisdom than gold! and to acquire understanding is worth more than silver!

Julia Smith Translation

The obtaining of wisdom how good above gold and the obtaining of understanding to be chosen above silver.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

Getting wisdom: {how much} better than gold! And getting understanding: it is chosen {over} silver.

Modern King James verseion

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver!

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

To have wisdom in possession is better than gold; and to get understanding is more worth than silver.

NET Bible

How much better it is to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire understanding is more desirable than silver.

New Heart English Bible

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold. Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

The Emphasized Bible

To acquire wisdom, how much better than gold! and, to get hold of understanding, more choice than silver!

Webster

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver?

World English Bible

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Youngs Literal Translation

To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
is it to get
קנה 
Qanah 
Usage: 84

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

חרץ חרוּץ 
Charuwts 
Usage: 18

and to get
קנה 
Qanah 
Usage: 84

rather to be chosen
בּחר 
Bachar 
Usage: 169

References

Easton

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

15 When a king is pleased, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud that brings spring rain. 16 How much better than gaining gold is the acquisition of wisdom, the attainment of wisdom better than silver! 17 The road of the upright circumvents evil, and whoever watches how he lives preserves his life.



Cross References

Proverbs 8:19

My fruit is better than gold, better than even refined gold, and my benefit surpasses the purest silver.

Job 28:13-28

Mankind doesn't appreciate their value; and you won't find it anywhere on earth.

Proverbs 8:10-11

Grab hold of my instruction in lieu of money and knowledge instead of the finest gold,

Psalm 119:127

I truly love your commands more than gold, including fine gold.

Proverbs 3:15-18

She is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.

Proverbs 4:7

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

Ecclesiastes 7:12

Indeed, wisdom gives protection, just like money does, but it's better to know that wisdom gives life, to those who have mastered it.

Matthew 16:26

because what profit will a person have if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life?

Luke 12:21

That's how it is with the person who stores up treasures for himself rather than with God."

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