Proverbs 23 - NIV
Proverbs 23 - ESV
Proverbs 23:23 . . .
Buy the truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
There is only one way to buy something - pay for it. So buying the truth requires paying a price for it. All buying requires ranking your desires, for no man can afford everything. You spend your limited resources by the priorities you set. And here Solomon tells you to put truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding at the top of the list (Proverbs 4:5,7; 16:16).
And once you buy it, don't sell it to anyone - keep it. Because others will offer to buy it from you. How? By offering you their pleasure or distraction in exchange for truth. And Solomon tells you not to give these four back to anyone for any amount (Proverbs 3:18; 4:13).
What is the cost? Truth will cost you friends, for most prefer lies, superstition, and tradition (Proverbs 13:20). Wisdom will cost you ease, for only fools believe and do anything they wish. Instruction will cost you pride, for you must accept correction by another. And understanding will cost you peace, for you will know the world's insanity (Eccl. 1:18).
From: Let God Be True
3 John 8
WISDOM PROJECT: For this month, I will supply links to both the NIV and ESV versions of the chapter each day (Feb. 1 = Proverbs 1, etc.) in the post—both of which contain the audio.
And in the month of February a unique feature for the WP will be Commentaries on selected passages/verses from within the chapter for the day. And for the most part, these comments will be from links in the Online Bible Study Resources feature here on the 3 John 8 blog (scroll down in the column to the right to find the links).
Note to Proverbs class participants: this is the place where you should post your application comments for the Daily Proverbs Reading Assignment.