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Proverbs 2:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— if thou seekest her as silver and searchest for her as for hidden treasures:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If thou seek her as silver, and, like hid treasure, thou search for her,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— If thou dost seek her as silver, And as hid treasures searchest for her,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If thou shalt seek her as money, and shalt dig for her as for a treasure:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If thou seekest her as siluer, and searchest for her, as [for] hid treasures:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— and if thou shalt seek it as silver, and search diligently for it as for treasures;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If x518
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
thou seekest 1245
{1245} Prime
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
her as silver, 3701
{3701} Prime
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
and searchest 2664
{2664} Prime
A primitive root; to seek; causatively to conceal oneself (that is, let be sought), or mask.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
for her as [for] hid treasures; 4301
{4301} Prime
From H2934; a secret storehouse; hence a secreted valuable (buried); generally money.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 2:1-5.

Proverbs 2:4

_ _ There must be earnest prayer and effort.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 2:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 2:4

Seek her — With unwearied diligence and earnest desire and patient expectation.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 2:4

If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid (d) treasures;

(d) Showing that no labour must be spared.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 3:14-15 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. ... She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Proverbs 8:18-19 Riches and honour [are] with me; [yea], durable riches and righteousness. ... My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Proverbs 16:16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Psalms 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.
Psalms 119:72 The law of thy mouth [is] better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psalms 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: ... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 19:21-22 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me. ... But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.


Job 28:12-20 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding? ... Whence then cometh wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding?
Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one [alone], and [there is] not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet [is there] no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither [saith he], For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This [is] also vanity, yea, it [is] a sore travail.
Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
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Jb 28:12. Ps 19:10; 119:14, 72, 127. Pv 3:14; 8:18; 16:16; 23:23. Ec 4:8. Mt 6:19; 13:44; 19:21, 29. Lk 16:8.

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