Proverbs 20:15
New International Version
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

New Living Translation
Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

English Standard Version
There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Berean Study Bible
There is an abundance of gold and rubies, but lips of knowledge are a rare treasure.

King James Bible
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

New King James Version
There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

New American Standard Bible
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

NASB 1995
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

NASB 1977
There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

Amplified Bible
There is gold, and an abundance of pearls, But the lips of knowledge are a vessel of preciousness [the most precious of all].

Christian Standard Bible
There is gold and a multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There is gold and a multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.

American Standard Version
There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But let him say, "Here is gold and a multitude of precious stones and valuable vessels, and the lips of knowledge.”

Contemporary English Version
Sensible words are better than gold or jewels.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is gold, and a multitude of jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel.

English Revised Version
There is gold, and abundance of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Good News Translation
If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
There are gold and plenty of jewels, but the lips of knowledge are precious gems.

International Standard Version
There is an abundance of gold and precious stones, but lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Literal Standard Version
Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Indeed, a precious vessel, [are] lips of knowledge.

NET Bible
There is gold, and an abundance of rubies, but words of knowledge are like a precious jewel.

New Heart English Bible
There is gold and abundance of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

World English Bible
There is gold and abundance of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

Young's Literal Translation
Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, are lips of knowledge.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Wine is a Mocker
14“Worthless, worthless!” says the buyer, but on the way out, he gloats. 15There is an abundance of gold and rubies, but lips of knowledge are a rare treasure. 16Take the garment of the one who posts security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for a foreigner.…

Cross References
Job 28:18
Coral and quartz are unworthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

Proverbs 20:14
"Worthless, worthless!" says the buyer, but on the way out, he gloats.

Proverbs 20:16
Take the garment of the one who posts security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for a foreigner.


Treasury of Scripture

There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

but

Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Proverbs 8:11
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 10:20,21
The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth…









(15) Rubies.--See above on Proverbs 3:15.

Lips of knowledge.--See above on Proverbs 18:4.

Verse 15. - There is gold, and a multitude of rubies. For peninim, which is rendered "rubies," "pearls," or "coral," see on Proverbs 3:15. There is gold which is precious, and there is abundance of pearls which are still more valuable. But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel, and worth more than all. We had the expression, "lips of knowledge," in Proverbs 14:7; it means lips that utter wisdom. Keli, often translated "jewel" in the Authorized Version, also boars the meaning of "vessel," "utensil." So here the Vulgate, vas pretiosum; and the wise man's lips are called a vessel because they contain and distribute the wisdom that is within. (On the excellence and value of wisdom, see ch. Proverbs 3:14, etc; Proverbs 8:11, etc.) Connecting this with the preceding verse, we are led to the thought of buying, and the Lord's parable of the merchant seeking goodly pearls, and bartering all his wealth to gain possession of a worthy jewel (Matthew 13:45, etc.).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
There is
יֵ֣שׁ (yêš)
Adverb
Strong's 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

gold
זָ֭הָב (zā·hāḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2091: Gold, something gold-colored, as oil, a clear sky

and abundance
וְרָב־ (wə·rāḇ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

of rubies,
פְּנִינִ֑ים (pə·nî·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 6443: A pearl

but lips
שִׂפְתֵי־ (śip̄·ṯê-)
Noun - fdc
Strong's 8193: The lip, language, a margin

of knowledge
דָֽעַת׃ (ḏā·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

are a rare
יְ֝קָ֗ר (yə·qār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3366: Value, wealth, costliness, dignity

treasure.
וּכְלִ֥י (ū·ḵə·lî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3627: Something prepared, any apparatus


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