[True] wisdom is a strength to the wise man more than ten rulers or valiant generals who are in the city.
If the ax is dull and the man does not whet the edge, he must put forth more strength; but wisdom helps him to succeed.
Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yes, more excellent it is for those [the living] who see the sun.
For wisdom is a defense even as money is a defense, but the excellency of knowledge is that wisdom shields and preserves the life of him who has it.
How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.
Then I saw that even [human] wisdom [that brings sorrow] is better than [the pleasures of] folly as far as light is better than darkness.
The words of a [discreet and wise] man's mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].
Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive counsel (friendly reproof and warning) -- "
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).
He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; for the possession of Wisdom is even above rubies or pearls.
Gold and glass cannot equal [Wisdom], nor can it be exchanged for jewels or vessels of fine gold.
It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price of it.
It cannot be valued in [terms of] the gold of Ophir, in the precious onyx or beryl, or the sapphire.
The topaz of Ethiopia cannot compare with it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.
Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God's Word and life's experiences],
Skillful and godly Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her.
For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man's wisdom is despised and his words are not heeded.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.