Proverbs 16:16
Good News Translation
It is better--much better--to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.

Contemporary English Version
It's much better to be wise and sensible than to be rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

New American Bible
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is preferable to silver.

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Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.

Proverbs 3:15-18 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory. . . .

Proverbs 4:7 Take hold on her, and she shall exalt thee: thou shalt be glorified by her, when thou shalt embrace her.

Proverbs 8:10,11,19 For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it. . . .

Job 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof, neither is it found in the land of them that live in delights.

Psalm 119:127 Therefore have I loved thy commandments above gold and the topaz.

Ecclesiastes 7:12 For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them.

Matthew 16:26 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?

Luke 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich towards God.

Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
15In the cheerfulness of the king's countenance is life: and his clemency is like the latter rain. 16Get wisdom, because it is better than gold: and purchase prudence, for it is more precious than silver.17The path of the just departeth from evils: he that keepeth his soul keepeth his way.…
Cross References
Job 28:15
The finest gold shall not purchase it, neither shall silver be weighed in exchange for it.

Job 28:17
Gold or crystal cannot equal it, neither shall any vessels of gold be changed for it.

Proverbs 3:14
She is more precious than all riches: and all the things that are desired, are not to be compared to her.

Proverbs 4:5
Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her, and she shall preserve thee.

Proverbs 8:10
For wisdom is better than all the most precious things: and whatsoever may be desired cannot be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:19
I walk in the way of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgment,

Additional Translations
How much better to acquire wisdom than gold; to gain understanding is more desirable than silver.How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

The brood of wisdom is more to be chosen than gold, and the brood of prudence more to be chosen than silver.

How much better is it to get wisdom than fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver?

How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!
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