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Proverbs 8:10

10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,

Proverbs 8:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
ESV
10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,
NLT
10 Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
MSG
10 Prefer my life-disciplines over chasing after money, and God-knowledge over a lucrative career.
CSB
10 Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.

Proverbs 8:10 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:10

Receive my instruction, and not silver
Not but that silver may be desired, sought after and received, consistent with the instructions of wisdom; though an anxious, immoderate, sinful pursuit after it, hinders the reception of them; and when they are in competition, the one is to be preferred to the other: the doctrines of the Gospel are of more worth, and more to be desired, than thousands of gold and silver; and therefore the meaning is, that the instruction of wisdom should be received rather than silver; it should have the preference; so Gersom interprets it, and with which agrees the following clause:

and knowledge rather than choice gold;
that is, the knowledge of Christ, and the knowledge of God in Christ; the knowledge of the Gospel, and the truths of it; a spiritual and experimental knowledge of these things is of more value than the finest gold, than the gold of Ophir; see ( Psalms 19:10 ) ( 119:72 ) .

Proverbs 8:10 In-Context

8 All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Job 28:17; S Psalms 19:10; Proverbs 3:14-15