Parallel Verses

American Standard Version

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

New American Standard Bible

The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.

King James Version

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

Holman 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.

A Conservative Version

Wisdom [is] the principal thing. Get wisdom, yea, with all thy getting get understanding.

Amplified


“The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]!
And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation].

Bible in Basic English

The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge.

Darby Translation

The beginning of wisdom is, Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence.

Julia Smith Translation

Wisdom the beginning; obtain wisdom, and with all thine acquisition, obtain understanding.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom! With all [that is in] your possession, gain insight.

Modern King James verseion

Wisdom is the main thing; get wisdom; and with all your getting get understanding.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The chief point of wisdom is that thou be willing to obtain wisdom, and before all thy goods to get the 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.

The Emphasized Bible

The principal thing, is wisdom, acquire thou wisdom, With all thine acquisition, acquire thou understanding.

Webster

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.

Youngs Literal Translation

The first thing is wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

is the principal thing
ראשׁית 
Re'shiyth 
Usage: 51

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

and with all thy getting
קנין 
Qinyan 
substance, of...getting, goods, riches, with
Usage: 10

References

Hastings

Context Readings

The Father's Wisdom

6 Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee; Love her, and she will keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.


Cross References

Matthew 13:44-46

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Philippians 3:8

Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ,

Psalm 49:16-20

Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, When the glory of his house is increased.

Psalm 119:104

Through thy precepts I get understanding: Therefore I hate every false way.

Proverbs 16:16

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

Proverbs 21:6

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.

Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth, and sell it not; Yea , wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-9

I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then,'saith he , do I labor, and deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

Ecclesiastes 7:12

For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath 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.

Mark 8:36-37

For what doth it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

Luke 10:42

but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 12:20

But God said unto him, Thou foolish one, this night is thy soul required of thee; and the things which thou hast prepared, whose shall they be?

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