Parallel Verses

World English Bible

Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, 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.

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

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

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.

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 Don't forsake her, and she will preserve you. Love her, and she will keep you. 7 Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding. 8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you. She will bring you to honor, when you embrace her.


Cross References

Matthew 13:44-46

"Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found, and hid. In his joy, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.

Philippians 3:8

Yes most certainly, 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 count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ

Psalm 49:16-20

Don't be afraid when a man is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.

Psalm 119:104

Through your precepts, I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. NUN

Proverbs 16:16

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

Proverbs 21:6

Getting treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor for those who seek death.

Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth, and don't sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

Ecclesiastes 2:4-9

I made myself great works. I built myself houses. I planted myself vineyards.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

There is one who is alone, and he has neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with wealth. "For whom then, do I labor, and deprive my soul of enjoyment?" This also is vanity. Yes, it is a miserable business.

Ecclesiastes 7:12

For wisdom is a defense, even as money is a defense; but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.

Ecclesiastes 9:16-18

Then I said, "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 does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?

Luke 10:42

but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her."

Luke 12:20

"But God said to him, 'You foolish one, tonight your soul is required of you. The things which you have prepared -- whose will they be?'

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