15 Gold cannot be exchanged for it,
and silver cannot be weighed out for its price.
16 Wisdom cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,(A)
in precious onyx or sapphire.[a](B)
17 Gold and glass do not compare with it,
and articles of fine gold cannot be exchanged for it.(C)
18 Coral and quartz are not worth mentioning.
The price of wisdom is beyond pearls.
19 Topaz from Cush cannot compare with it,
and it cannot be valued in pure gold.

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Footnotes

  1. Job 28:16 Or lapis lazuli

10 Accept my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than pure gold.(A)

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19 My fruit is better than solid gold,
and my harvest than pure silver.(A)

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16 Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.(A)

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22 A good name is to be chosen over great wealth;
favor is better than silver and gold.(A)

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