More to be desired [are they] than gold
This refers to all the truths in the word of God; to all the doctrines of the Gospel; which, by good men, are more desirable, and by them more prized and valued, than all worldly riches and treasure;
sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb;
or "the dropping of the honeycombs" F8, which is the purest and sweetest of the honey; and what honey is to the natural taste of men, that is the Gospel, and the truths of it, to the spiritual taste of believers, ( Psalms 119:103 ) ; and when the presence of Christ is enjoyed, his love is shed abroad, and the blessings of his grace are partook of, the ordinances of the Gospel are very delightful, ( Song of Solomon 2:3 ) ; eloquence, and eloquent orators, are sometimes described by mellifluous words; or by their expressions being like honey, and sweeter than that F9.
F8 (Mypwu tpwn) "stillatione favorum", Vatablus, Rivetus, Cocceius; so Ainsworth.
F9 (tou kai apo glwsshv) , Homer. Iliad. 1. v. 249.