New American Standard Bible
"Gold or glass cannot equal it, Nor can it be exchanged for articles of fine gold.
King James Bible
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
Darby Bible Translation
Gold and glass cannot be compared to it, nor vessels of fine gold be its exchange.
World English Bible
Gold and glass can't equal it, neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Young's Literal Translation
Not equal it do gold and crystal, Nor is its exchange a vessel of fine gold.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The gold and the crystal - A crystal, in chemistry, is an inorganic body which, by the operation of affinity, has assumed the form of a regular solid, terminated by a number of plane and smooth surfaces. It is round in various forms and sizes, and is composed of a great variety of substances. The common "rock crystal" is a general name for all the transparent crystals of quartz, particularly of limpid or colorless quartz. "Webster." The word used here (זכוּכית zekûkı̂yth) occurs nowhere else in the Bible. It is from זכה zâkâh, to be clean, pure; and is given to the crystal on account of its transparency. In Arabic the word means either glass or crystal. Jerome translates it, "vitrum" - glass; the Septuagint ὕαλος hualos - crystal, or the "lapis crystallinus." Hesychius says that the crystal denotes λαμπρὸν κρύος lampron kruos - "clear ice" or, λίθον τίμιον lithon timion - "a precious stone." There is no reason to suppose that "glass" was known so early as this, and the probability is that the word here denotes something like the rock crystal, having a strong resemblance to the diamond, and perhaps then regarded as nearly of equal value. It cannot be supposed that the relative value of gems was then understood as it is now.
Jewels of fine gold - Margin, "vessels." The Hebrew word כלי kelı̂y properly means vessels, or instruments. It may refer here, however, to ornaments for the person, as it was in that way chiefly that gold was employed.
LibraryDays of Conflict
As the condition of the people began to open to His mind, He saw that the requirements of society and the requirements of God were in constant collision. Men were departing from the word of God, and exalting theories of their own invention. They were observing traditional rites that possessed no virtue. Their service was a mere round of ceremonies; the sacred truths it was designed to teach were hidden from the worshipers. He saw that in their faithless services they found no peace. They did not …
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How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
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