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Proverbs 2:4

    Proverbs 2:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If you are looking for her as for silver, and searching for her as for stored-up wealth;

    Webster's Revision

    If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:

    World English Bible

    If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If thou seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 2:4

    If thou seekest her as silver - How do men seek money? What will they not do to get rich? Reader, seek the salvation of thy soul as earnestly as the covetous man seeks wealth; and be ashamed of thyself, if thou be less in earnest after the true riches than he is after perishing wealth.

    Hid treasures - The original word signifies property of any kind concealed in the earth, in caves or such like; and may also mean treasures, such as the precious metals or precious stones, which are presumptively known to exist in such and such mines. And how are these sought? Learn from the following circumstance: In the Brazils slaves are employed to scrape up the soil from the bed of the Rio Janeiro, and wash it carefully, in order to find particles of gold and diamonds; and it is a law of the state, that he who finds a diamond of so many carats shall have his freedom. This causes the greatest ardor and diligence in searching, washing out the soil, picking, etc., in order to find such diamonds, and the greatest anxiety for success; so precious is liberty to the human heart. This method of searching for gold and precious stones is alluded to in Proverbs 3:13-15. In this way Solomon wishes men to seek for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding; and he who succeeds finds the liberty of the children of God, and is saved from the slavery of sin and the empire of death.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 2:4

    Note the illustrations.

    (1) Contact with Phoenician commerce, and joint expeditions in ships of Tarshish (see Psalm 72:10 note), had made the Israelites familiar with the risks and the enterprise of the miller's life. Compare Job 28:p>(2) The treasure hidden in a field, is the second point of comparison. Such treasure-seeking has always been characteristic of the East. Compare Matthew 13:44.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 2:4

    2:4 Seek her - With unwearied diligence and earnest desire and patient expectation.