Proverbs 8:11

11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 8:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
ESV
11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
NLT
11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
MSG
11 For Wisdom is better than all the trappings of wealth; nothing you could wish for holds a candle to her.
CSB
11 For wisdom is better than precious stones, and nothing desirable can compare with it.

Proverbs 8:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:11

For wisdom [is] better than rubies
A sort of precious stones: or, "than precious stones" F26 in general; so the Targum and Septuagint, Arabic and Syriac versions; even than all of them, as the Vulgate Latin version; or, than "pearls" F1, or "carbuncles" F2: there are none equal to it, nor is it to be procured by them; see ( Job 28:16-19 ) ;

and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it;
(See Gill on Proverbs 3:15).


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (Mynynpm) "gemmis", Baynus; "prae gemmis politis", Schultens.
F1 "Margaritas", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "unionibus", Cocceius.
F2 "Carbunculis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Proverbs 8:11 In-Context

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.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 19; S Job 28:17-19
  • 2. Proverbs 3:13-15