Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
Mankind is constantly in search after happiness; they seek it in various ways of their own contrivance.
I. TRUE RELIGION IS THE SOUNDEST WISDOM. Real religion, when it takes possession of the human bosom, always produces in its possessor a true concern for his everlasting salvation.
II. THIS WISDOM IS THE "PRINCIPAL THING," AND THEREFORE WORTHY OF OUR EARNEST PURSUIT. If a man consult his own safety and happiness he will seek it in religion. Our safety and security are only in God. Religion opens to us enjoyments not to be found elsewhere. Religion adds to every man's relative usefulness. Only that usefulness which springs from religious principles will be lasting. Religion will be found to be "the principal thing" at the hour of death and at the day of judgment.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.