Proverbs 16:16
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New Living Translation
How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

King James Bible
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
To get wisdom -- how much better than gold, And to get understanding to be chosen than silver!

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Proverbs 16:16 Parallel Commentaries
Trust in God --True Wisdom
A sermon (No. 392) delivered on Sunday Morning, May 12th, 1861, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he."--Proverbs 16:20. Wisdom is man's true path--that which enables him to accomplish best the end of his being, and which therefore gives to him the richest enjoyment and the fullest play for all his powers. Wisdom is the compass by which man is to steer across the trackless waste
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

A Wise Desire
I remember once going to a chapel where this happened to be the text, and the good man who occupied the pulpit was more than a little of an Arminian. Therefore, when he commenced, he said, "This passage refers entirely to our temporal inheritance. It has nothing whatever to do with our everlasting destiny: for," said he, "We do not want Christ to choose for us in the matter of heaven or hell. It is so plain and easy that every man who has a grain of common sense will choose heaven; and any person
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Of Predestination
Eph. i. 11.--"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."--Rom. ix. 22, 23.--"What if God, willing to show his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory." In the creation of the world, it pleased the Lord,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

"Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against themselves, that ye
Thomas Charles Edwards—The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews

Cross References
Job 28:15
It cannot be bought with gold. It cannot be purchased with silver.

Job 28:17
Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold.

Proverbs 3:14
For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don't forget my words or turn away from them.

Proverbs 8:10
Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.

Proverbs 8:19
My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver!

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