Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
To be said of all truths, but especially of the highest.
I. HOW IS TRUTH BOUGHT? In one sense it is free as air, but in seeking and keeping it we make surrenders. Labour and search may need to be paid. Prejudice, pride of heart, illusions broken. Sins of heart and life forsaken. Esteem of friends and of the world may need to be parted with.
II. HOW TRUTH MAY BE SOLD. Not when it is communicated; thereby we buy more. But when it is not communicated, when it is betrayed from fear or allurement, when it is held in unrighteousness, selfishness, treachery, inconsistency, we sell the truth.
III. WHY, WHEN BOUGHT, IT SHOULD NEVER BE SOLD. It has a value beyond all you can get for it. Its value grows the longer you keep it. It buys all other good things at last. When sold, it is hard to be bought back.
(John Ker, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.