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Proverbs 8:10-11 - Choose My instruction instead of silver

NIV Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
KJV Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
NASB Take my instruction and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choicest gold.
For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
Proverbs 8:10-11


The value of Wisdom's instruction is incomparable. It is to be desired above silver, choice gold, rubies, or anything else that men prize highly.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Pr 8:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Wisdom in Proverbs 8

The Origin of Wisdom:
  • Comes from God Himself (8:22).
  • Is from everlasting (8:23).
  • Has existed from the beginning (8:23-30).
The Results of Wisdom:
  • Prudence (8:5, 12).
  • Understanding (8:5).
  • Excellent things (8:6).
  • Truth (8:7).
  • Hatred of wickedness (8:7).
  • Righteousness (8:8).
  • Knowledge (8:12).
  • Discretion (8:12).
  • Fear of the Lord (8:13).
The Value of Wisdom:
  • Yields riches and honor (8:11, 18).
  • Is greater than rubies, gold, or silver (8:10-11, 19).
  • Blesses the wise (8:32, 34).
  • Gives life to the wise (8:35).
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c19

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