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Proverbs 23:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Buy the truth, and sell it not; [Yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Buy truth, and do not sell [it], [Get] wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Truth, buy thou, but do not sell, wisdom, and correction, and understanding.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Truth buy, and sell not, Wisdom, and instruction, and understanding,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Buy truth, and do not sell wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Buy the trueth, and sell it not; [also] wisedome and instruction and vnderstanding.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [Absent from Manuscript]
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Buy 7069
{7069} Prime
A primitive root; to erect, that is, create; by extension to procure, especially by purchase (causatively sell); by implication to own.
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
the truth, 571
{0571} Prime
Contracted from H0539; stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness.
and sell 4376
{4376} Prime
A primitive root; to sell, literally (as merchandise, a daughter in marriage, into slavery), or figuratively (to surrender).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[it] not; x408
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
[also] wisdom, 2451
{2451} Prime
From H2449; wisdom (in a good sense).
and instruction, 4148
{4148} Prime
From H3256; properly chastisement; figuratively reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint.
and understanding. 998
{0998} Prime
From H0995; understanding.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 23:23

_ _ Buy — literally, “get” (Proverbs 4:5).

_ _ truth — generally and specially as opposed to errors of all kinds.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 23:19-28.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 23:23

Buy — Purchase it upon any terms, spare no pains or cost. Truth — The true and saving knowledge of God's will. Sell it not — Do not forsake it for any worldly advantage.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 23:23

Buy (k) the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

(k) Spare no cost for truths sake, neither depart from it for any gain.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 2:2-4 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding; ... If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. ... Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.
Proverbs 16:16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
Proverbs 17:16 Wherefore [is there] a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing [he hath] no heart [to it]?
Job 28:12-19 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding? ... The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
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.
Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
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 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Philippians 3:7-8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. ... Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.


Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Acts 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
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Jb 28:12. Ps 119:72, 127. Pv 2:2; 4:5; 10:1; 16:16; 17:16. Is 55:1. Mt 13:44, 46; 16:26. Ac 20:23. Php 3:7. He 11:26. Rv 3:18; 12:11.

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