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Explain Proverbs 23:23

Explain Proverbs 23:23.

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-- Leon :

"Buy [PAY ATTENTION to, SPEND TIME in God's word, the Bible] the truth, & sell it not [DON'T EXCHANGE, TRADE IT for anything else]--Leon

Brother, One Comment ~ This is the same thing MarkV first shared on 2/15/10. How is "Pay/Spend" any different than "Obtain" when dealing with the word "Buy", or the use of "Don't Exchange" verses "Never Relinquish" when it comes to the word "Sell Not" !!

Leon, You were correct ~ OBVIOUSLY SOME AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION to the Truth of God's Word b/c Why beholdest the spec that's in thy brother's eye but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye !! ... don't TRADE the Truth of Matt.7:5 for anything else....
---Shawn.M.T. on 2/27/10

Im paying attention Leon,
Brother its sad, others here would rather criticize than discuss the word of God. Shows lack of maturity in the Spirit of Christ. Those who stop letting themselves be taught or aren't teachable because they hold to man's doctrine instead of God's are headed for a fall, pride will cause that.
Rod & Kath had already let it go but others are still holding on because they enjoy that strife.
It was a great question & it made me think/search for the truth. I enjoyed your responses & many others too.
All because of a few, the food of the Spirit to help us grow was being ignored. Thats sad BUT not all the seed of wisdom you sowed fell on hard ground. It did reach some good soil. And thats what matters.
---miche3754 on 2/27/10

Obviously, some here aren't paying attention!!!


---Leon on 2/26/10

There is only one way to buy something, pay for it. 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.

Satan offered Jesus all the Kingdoms of the world if He would bow down to him. Jesus, in Wisdom KNEW the Kingdom of this world would one day be His..and didn't sell out.

What is the cost?
1. Truth will cost you friends.

2. Wisdom will cost you ease seeing through foolishness.

3. Instruction will cost you pride.

4. Understanding 1-3 will cost you self.
---kathr4453 on 2/26/10

Bobby1, I don't see anywhere Custer spoke bad about anyone.

I don't even see where he spoke good about me.

Are you saying everyone who agrees with someone is actually themselves? Are you mary?

Yes of coarse you are....or else your dumpster diving at such an opportune time wouldn't be so obvious. Or do you spending all your time trolling the bottom like a carp looking for the opportunity to strike? So you JUST HAPPENED to be trolling by AGAIN?

You stated on another site:
No. A woman should not teach a congregation. Only man are given that right. --- Man is to take the headship, just like in marriage.
---Bobby1 on 11/20/09

Are you mary's head? taking leadership in her contentious comments?
---kathr4453 on 2/26/10

Kahtr/Custer, you can go on pretending you are someone else but its easy to see it is you. Go ahead and amen yourself. The more amens you give will not change who you are. The wisdom passages gave you away. Mary is right and so am I. You hide behind another name to speak good about yourself, and bad about someone else.
---Bobby1 on 2/26/10

Proverbs 16:28
A froward man/woman soweth strife: and a whisperer( gossip) separateth chief friends.

Miche, don't reply anymore to mary/ I mean MarkV.

It appears DOCTRINE is really the issue here and the only one here who has a problem with not accepting his doctrine is MarkV. Even his remarks to Rod4Him on another was totally out of place. They are ABOVE being questioned or rebuked.

As I said before Calvinists are very nasty contentious people, not only here but in many Churches today who won't submit to their doctrine.
---kathr4453 on 2/26/10

Mary you should apologize for what you said because it was NOT biblical chastisement is was ugly and wrong.
I happen to agree with 90% of what Kath says because of my own study. If you don't agree that is fine. BUT you still apologize for stirring up strife because that is not of the Lord, it is of the enemy.
If you don't want to apologize, that coal is upon your own head sis, not mine.
If you can't discuss the word of God without causing strife, perhaps you should not say anything at all.
---miche3754 on 2/26/10

Miche, you are looking for me to apologize to your friend? You must be kidding. I think if you listen to her much longer you will turn into her. You would do good to study on your own to be approve because most of what you teach right now is what she teaches. You're picking very bad doctrinal views. You can still stop, you do have free will.
---mary on 2/26/10

You can find the meaning of Prov.23:23 in two parables of the Lord Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew 13: 44-46. Good relationship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ is the truth that we may lose all other things to have and we must not allow any earthly treasure or wealth to take away from us.
---Adetunji on 2/26/10

"Buy the truth" meaning spare on costs on getting truth.

"Do not sell it", meaning no price is worth the loss.
---larry on 2/25/10

Kathr, as Mary made a comment about, you do look for reasons to argue for nothing. Creating a mountain when there is not even a hill. Trying to display how much wisdom you have and the others, the lack of. Rod never said anything opposing your view, all he did was give his view, but to you it was not good enough. And many here want peace, but with you around, there is none. I stopped complaining about you, but everywhere one looks you are there.
---Bobby1 on 2/24/10

Stop stirring up strife.
God is not a God of strife.
Kath is a very helpful blogger, Mary instigated and was corrected and still waiting for her to apologize. Most could be avoided if some didn't assume. By the way, we are past that issue, please stay on topic.
---miche3754 on 2/25/10

Despite the petty bickering, I think this blog did very well. Some of you were close to what I was looking for. Where it was "timely" (convenient), I dropped hints (2/15...Rod4Him, 2/16..Trey & my comments 2/23) hoping you'd discover them & "SEE" where I was coming from. :)

I love the richness of Pv. 23:23 though it puzzled me for months. Then one day the Lord revealed its meaning:

"Buy the truth, & sell it not..."

"Buy [PAY ATTENTION to, SPEND TIME in God's word, the Bible] the truth, & sell it not [DON'T EXCHANGE, TRADE IT for anything else]..."

Thanks for your participation & patience. Comments please.
---Leon on 2/25/10

All you have to do is be honest and talk about God.
---Bobby1 on 2/24/10

Bobby1, I agree, all you had to do was be honest and talk about God.

As a new comer to this Christian site, I was taken back by the stone throwing here. My first reply here was about God. It appeared the issue had been resolved, mary speaking out of place. Much to my surprise, you re-opened a wound.

I believe kath also gave her opinion. I was blessed by her insight. Through that, I read Jeremiah 9 and Romans 1. Misplaced wisdom is dangerous. In Colossians 2, God tells us all the Wisdom is and has always been in Christ Jesus.

Is this Godly enough for you Bobby1?

Anything Godly you would like to add?
---Custer on 2/25/10

Custer, shall I call you kathr? be better to bring the truth out don't you think? Two remarks and both for you, how convenience. Don't you think you should have answered a few more and then covered youself? Please, we are not stupid. I know the different clothes you wear here. All you have to do is be honest and talk about God.
---Bobby1 on 2/24/10

Bobby1, as I have studied all you have contributed here, and assuming you have been here for a while, can you explain why no one sees you as a helpful blogger? Only 3 people in all this time you've been here?

But as I read your contributions, it appears you too believe truth, which is wisdom and understanding can not be bought.

Here is my problem with your statement to kath, can you tell us exactly where your opinion differs from hers?

If it can't be bought, it must come from God. Now tell us why something that comes from God is a club you hit her over the head with, if God gave that to her?

I find kathr a very helpful blogger as I see many others do too who would disagree with your assessment.
---Custer on 2/24/10

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Kathr, as Mary made a comment about, you do look for reasons to argue for nothing. Creating a mountain when there is not even a hill. Trying to display how much wisdom you have and the others, the lack of. Rod never said anything opposing your view, all he did was give his view, but to you it was not good enough. And many here want peace, but with you around, there is none. I stopped complaining about you, but everywhere one looks you are there.
---Bobby1 on 2/24/10

Rod4him, I only added some deeper thoughts and understanding to what James instructs Christians to do, who have the mind of Christ, and that mind is the wisdom, understanding and knowledge of Christ. YOU railed against me by saying Jesus was not wisdom. God says it is! So is your argument about wisdom or understanding? You want to separate the two? I cant? Jeremiah 9:24 God wants us to KNOW and UNDERSTAND HIM!!! His Justice, righteousness and mercy.

Wisdom is how we APPLY what we know, Knowledge & understand. You want to make it a secular understanding, However, Solomon was not talking about secular understanding and knowledge, but GODLY knowledge and understanding that ONLY comes in Christ who in the OT was the WORD.
---kathr4453 on 2/24/10

Buying truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding means to attain it, which is always costly. Selling it means to disdain it, "lose" it, or to reject it. Proverbs 2:2-4, 4:5-7, 16:16, 17:16, 18:15, 23:23, Isaiah 55:1, Matthew 13:44-46, Philippians 3:7-8, Revelations 3:18.
---Glenn on 2/23/10

Rod4Him If you want something in bold, type these marks < b >

Then type in what it is that you want to be in bold.

Then to stop the bold, type in these marks < / b >

But don't put a space between those marks. They will then generate the effect you want.

If you want italics, use i instead of the b.

Hope yuo undersand this, and can make it work!
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/23/10

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kathr, I feel like I am getting caught in a web of "he said, she said."

Let me clarify again, you misquoted me by saying, "Rod4Him, you said BUYING wisdom is like going to college, buying a college education. If one bought wisdom from a college education, and became a Doctor etc, Then they would be sinning right if they didnt give away their services free? And why should they?"

Here's my posting related to knowledge, "Also, one should get knowledge. I've always thought of knowledge and understanding related to getting an education."

I didn't say "wisdom" here.
---Rod4Him on 2/23/10

kathr, that was very insightful. I'd never really though about it that way. Now I understand your original comment here and where your heart was coming from.

Often we judge someone's comments before really knowing what is behind it. You can only say so much in 125 words.

I looked up Solomon after reading this and learned something I never knew. Solomon failed miserably. He didn't even instill that wisdom into his son who was an ever worse king.

It goes to show just having knowledge and wisdom is nil compared to obedience. What are we told? If you know to do something and don't do it, its a sin.
---Custer on 2/23/10

Here is something find really interesting. Solomon's wisdom:

Did Solomon OBEY the wisdom God gave him? his life is the answer. He SOLD it didn't he. Because Solomon married woman from every nation who worshiped idols, God after Solomon died, divided Israel and scattered them. It was Solomon who brought Israel to ruins as a whole people.

God said that the wisdom of men id FOOLISHNESS to God.

So either Solomon's wisdom was Godly Wisdom, he didn't apply to himself, or it was his own wisdom resulting in foolishness.

I for one believe it to be Godly Wisdom Solomon learned through his own folly! Or maybe Ecclesiastes is his repentant heart???
---kathr4453 on 2/23/10

Hey, everyone needs to calm down and remember this about God, not us.
Mary, you should not make statements like that, they are not Christ like.
You do realize you instigated this, don't you?
And God is not the author of strife. And as your sister in Christ, I believe you should apologize for causing it.
So,lets be nice. If you can't say anything nice about a person, or share the word of God, agree or not, don't speak.
---miche3754 on 2/23/10

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Proverbs 10:23
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.)but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

James 3:17
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

How many here are PARTIAL to others of their own belief system showing hypocrisy in their judgment of others when THEY are doing exactly what they accuse others of doing?

Wisdom seeks out the truth! Never takes someone's off the cuff statement as facts !
---kathr4453 on 2/23/10

Why can't we all just get along, brethren? :D There's an old truism that says, "The further you look, the less you see."

We humans spend a lot of time over looking the obvious realities God places right before our eyes. So, instead of spending time arguing, let's not loose perspective & instead focus on paying close attention to the blog question. Thx! :)
---Leon on 2/23/10

What's your beef? Mary was right in her analysis. Maybe I'm reading you wrong, and you are contributing to the conversation. If so, I apologize fo mis-reading you.
---Rod4Him on 2/22/10

James says those who speak bitter and sweet words all in the same breath are FOOLISH! Solomon says the same thing! Wisdom is to be APPLIED, not studied.

Wisdom VS Foolishness is the theme of Proverbs!

Mary is STILL trying desperately to instigate a fight... Its Foolishness!

Rod4Him, you said BUYING wisdom is like going to college, buying a college education. If one bought wisdom from a college education, and became a Doctor etc, Then they would be sinning right if they didnt give away their services free? And why should they?
---kathr4453 on 2/23/10

When I buy something, its cos I need it. Similarly, I will sell something when I no longer need it or want it. I believe the verse is applying our daily or common actions of buying and selling... in order to give us a frame of reference to work with. If we value truth and we know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the truth, the way and the life.... then we will always need and want Him and His Grace over our lives. The result would then be wisdom, discipline and understanding of how we may best live, reflecting the love of Christ Jesus to others in all that we do.
---kay on 2/23/10

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kathr, what was the "ugly" statement? Perhaps, "Are you looking for something to disagree with?" Or, "What is your beef?" All you need to say is, "No, I am giving a further explanation."

You said, "Rod4Him, did you know Wisdom came before Solomon. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and read what God said to Solomon for asking that very thing." Why? I missed your point.

Also, you quoted me,"Proverbs is a book about wisdom and understanding, which has to do with very practical points of how to live life." Then you used incorrectly Prov 8 appling it to Jesus. So I assumed you are disagreeing with everything I say.

Again, what was the "ugly" comment?

---Rod4Him on 2/23/10

Rod4him, watch out for the wrath to come.
---mary on 2/23/10

Rod4Him, why would you make ugly statements falsely accusing me and then apologize all in the same breath.

Thank you Nana. Proverbs along with all scripture is GOD BREATHED. Just a Paul wrote much of the NT, it's not Paul's anything, but what God revealed to him.

Solomon asked God for wisdom..not human wisdon, but Godly wisdom.

I pointed out Solomon wrote Proverbs 8 and a deep insight TO WHO wisdom is Only GOD could reveal that to Solomon...

AND Wise people don't make false accusations! A wise person like Nana would have seen it was contributing to the conversation.
---kathr4453 on 2/23/10

"Maybe I'm reading you wrong, and you are contributing to the conversation. If so, I apologize fo mis-reading you."
---Rod4Him on 2/22/10

She is contributing.
---Nana on 2/22/10

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kathr, I don't understand your point. Are you looking for something to disagree with?

I acknowledged that Solomon wrote Proverbs, and Solomon said why he wrote it--Proverbs 1. Proverbs 23:23 was the question, not if Job had wisdom or the such. Proverbs 8, I also acknowledged was from the foundation of the world.

I also said, Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But it apparently has more meaning when you say it.

What's your beef? Mary was right in her analysis. Maybe I'm reading you wrong, and you are contributing to the conversation. If so, I apologize fo mis-reading you.
---Rod4Him on 2/22/10

Job 12:12-14
12With the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days understanding. 13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

Rod4Him, did you know Wisdom came before Solomon. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and read what God said to Solomon for asking that very thing.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of WISDOM! Job knew of wisdom long before Solomon was even born.
---kathr4453 on 2/22/10

Buy the Truth and do not sell it. What is the Truth? God is the Truth, Jesus Christ is the Truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Truth. Now, how do you buy the Truth? By loving God with all your heart, believing that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior and by following Jesus commands that He instructed us in the Bible, then, God will give you His wisdom, knowledge and understanding not the wisdom of this world.Proverb 3:3-4.

Do not sell it: under no circumstances should you allow any thing in this world God take the kingdom of God away from you. Romans: 8:35-39

In conclusion you should consider reading Matthew 19: 16-30 (the story about a young rich man).
---Esther on 2/21/10

kathr, I don't want to get into a an argument about words, but let me clarify something.

James is wonderful, and we should ask for wisdom.

In the first chapter of Proverbs, Solomon explains why he is writing

Pr 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
Pr 1:2 for attaining wisdom and discipline, for understanding words of insight,
Pr 1:3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair,
Pr 1:4 for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young
Pr 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance
Pr 1:6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise
---Rod4Him on 2/19/10

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Kathr, if what you say is true when you speak, why is your heart so vengeful? What you display is not who you say you are. The comment you made about commentaries is not without a stab at someone, since you read what Mark V wrote. It never stops with you. you cannot speak a sentence without stabbing someone. You say we are to ask for wisdon not be vengeful. Can you not speak without stabbing someone in the back?
---mary on 2/19/10

Proverbs is a book about wisdom and understanding, which has to do with very practical points of how to live life.

---Rod4Him on 2/15/10

I so love Proverbs 8. on WISDOM. WHO IS IT,
not what is it! There are all kinds of wisdom. Confucius says kind of stuff. But Godly Wisdom is altogether different.

Jesus Christ is made unto us WISDOM. James says when we need wisdom, ASK GOD...

I obey that verse, and always have. God has ALWAYS answered me. He certainly is a rewarder of those who diligently SEEK HIM...not commentaries.

And in James, isn't it interesting, when we go through trials and suffering we are to ask for what? WISDOM...not deliverance, not revenge, not justice....WISDOM!!! Wow!
---kathr4453 on 2/19/10

Seek truth and pursue it with all you've got and do not let anyone sway you from that truth.
---Fay on 2/19/10

Proverbs 23:23 is an exhortation for man to yield him/herself to Father's grace, allowing the mind to be opened to His Spirit and Word, that one may acquire, process and embrace the truth. To recognize it's value, yet once received, make no attempt to "peddle" that truth for a price, as does a peddler, but rather offer it freely to others. In the words of Jesus "Freely you have received, freely give."
Hold Truth as a valued possession, and do not surrender to that which may hinder, oppose, or dishonor it.
---joseph on 2/18/10

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Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not, [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Psa 60:4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
--Have you bought the truth?
Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.
--or are you just borrowing it/keeping it for someone else?
---MIchael on 2/18/10

My input was on account of: "I can only conclude it says what it means & means what it says.", and the fact that the Lord is not into the worldly precious metals and gems brokerage business, that Jesus used also many similarities to parallel His message, ie, like a seed, a tree, house building practices, etc.
---Nana on 2/17/10

Nana & Bobby: I love & echo your zeal for the Lord. However, I've said nothing about "money" nor works (trying to score points towards salvation). Thanks for your continued patience. :)
---Leon on 2/17/10

To Leon, the Truth cannot be bought. Jesus Christ is the Truth. He is the greatest gift the Father has for all sinners. Money or works cannot buy the Truth. What say you?
---Bobby1 on 2/17/10

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Revelation 3:18: "I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see."
Matthew 13:46: "who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it."
Acts 8:18: "Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,"
Acts 8:20: "But Peter said to him, May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!"
?????????? Leon?
---Nana on 2/16/10

Good Miche! Yes, we should be just like the Bereans who, "received the word with all readiness of mind..." (Acts 17:11) I believe God spot-lighted them in the Bible as examples of how we're to likewise search the Scriptures.

Some of you are getting close. I'm looking for something a little more specific regarding buying & selling the truth.
---Leon on 2/16/10

MarkV: No apology necessary. We're all going thru a life-long learning process. Sometimes we hit it, other times we miss it! But, we should never give up friend. :)
---Leon on 2/16/10

Leon, it was my mistake, the passage in Proverbs we speaking of "buying Truth" and my answer was for buying faith. Sorry for the mix up. But had nothing to do with Calvinism. Don't know how that came about. The commentaries that I read are still what I posted for they were for buying the "Truth" and gave those two meanings that corrolate to the same thing 'buying and selling.' Again sorry for th mix-up, should have paid better attention to the question.
---MarkV. on 2/16/10

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It is seldom that we can have any real idea whether what we read is being expressed in the ancient Greek manner of speaking or the Victorian English (King James English) manner of expression (which was very POETIC like Shakespeare).

Commonly, "buy" means "purchase" (obtain for the soul these possessions/treasures).

Do not "sell" means "do not LOSE these great possessions that enrich the soul".

Before the ages of electricity and technology, language was more of a 'gentle/hospitable art' (poetic).
---more_excellent_way on 2/16/10

Leon, I want to apologize for my answers. Please disregard them for I only wanted to answer you questions. I will move on to other blogs. Thanks for your impute. peace
---MarkV. on 2/16/10

Bravo Trey!!! Yes, the time God has given to each of us, on Earth, is extremely valuable & to be spent wisely. What better investment of our "God-given time" is there than to seek & lay hold of (possess) His truth (as shown in all of His creation, as recorded in the Bible & revealed by God, the Holy Spirit)?

"Don't sell out." I like that though I have in mind another way of saying just that. But, I don't want to say it yet. Please, be patient with me. :)

Is there anything else -- anybody? Thanks & AMEN!!!
---Leon on 2/16/10


I agree with Rod,
I think it means for us to seek out the truth and hang onto it. Like the Bereans. They searched the scripture daily for the truth to make sure that what people are saying was lining up with the word of God.

Also, the truth helps us to get wisdom discipline and understanding.
Get or "buy" the truth and use it to "purchase" these other items.
---miche3754 on 2/16/10

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Rod, why did you have to make such a comment to me about Calvinism? I have done nothing to you are even answered any of your remarks. I did not mention one thing that Calvin teaches. Not a one. My answers came from the studies of four Commentaries concerning the words used in proverbs. I did not make anything up, I studied from great people concerning the passage. Studying is allowed you know. No one is told not to sudy the Word of God to know the Truth. And Calvin is so far from my mind and he has nothing to do with the Proverb. I don't think Calvin would take his time to explain to me Proverbs. If you don't like my answers just say you don't. I can live with that. Unless you are searching for more, which I am not.
---MarkV. on 2/16/10

Buy & Sell on the bible means trading the word of God. In Rev.13:17 is a persecution where an Elect was had difficulty to share Gods word when he come out of Church.

Isaiah 55:1 God ordered that we buy only bread/Gospel from him for free. Rev. 3:18 God ordered we must buy gold and raiment from him.

Prov 23:23 God is telling us that we should not sell or sacrifice our personal pleasures with God as Esau sold or despise his birthright in exchange for piece of meal.

Heb 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright
---rosalie on 2/16/10

MarkV. Some of the things you said were correct, but that's one stretch to get all that from Prov. 23:23. So now I can't read it for what it says, but I need some "spiritual" interpretation which isn't there.

Someone in another thread made a comment about you making things soo difficult. You are making things too difficult.

Obtain was a good concept for buying because that is what buying is doing, obtaining. Get truth and don't give it up.

Readers of Proverbs would have no idea of your interpretation.

Proverbs is a book about wisdom and understanding, which has to do with very practical points of how to live life.

Mark, be careful, you have much to offer, but you tend to see Calvinism in every verse.
---Rod4Him on 2/15/10

In order to buy something valuable you have to give up something of value. In this case, in order to buy the truth, one must give up time. Time that you could spend watching TV, napping, going to the movies, having fun with friends, etc. To buy the truth, now you have to "spend" your time studying the scriptures, praying, speaking with fellow Christians about doctrine, etc.

When you have obtained the truth, don't sell out to the world. The truth, specifically the gospel (the good news of Christ and eternal salvation) is free. It cannot be purchased with money, or sold for money. We aren't to use it for financial gain, however many do.
---trey on 2/15/10

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MarkV: Nevertheless, Proverbs 23:23 says "buy" & "sell". I can only conclude it says what it means & means what it says. Therefore, yes, we can "buy" & also "sell" the truth because the Bible says we can. So! -- my question is, how's that possible? :)
---Leon on 2/16/10

Leon, the passage is not really speaking of buying, but if it did, you cannot buy faith, it is a gift that comes from God after hearing the Word of God. And once we obtain that gift we never relinguish it at any price. Proverbs 23:23, is speaking in hypothetical terms as the parables of the Hidden Treasure, and The parable of the Pearl of Great price. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like tresure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field"
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it"
---MarkV. on 2/15/10

How much are you willing to pay for the truth? Your life?
---Steveng on 2/15/10

I hear you MarkV. Yet there are two distinct words, i.e., "buy" & "sell" we have to deal with. Can we really buy or even sell the truth?
---Leon on 2/15/10

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Leon, first, my answer to your first question on
"Anybody: When you "buy" something what are you actually doing?" my answer is "you are obtaining it".
Second, my answer to Proverbs 23:23, is,
"Obtain the truth at all cost, and never relinquish it at any price"
---MarkV. on 2/15/10

Thanks Rod4Him. Yes, I "spent" a little time to ask the question. :) The "cost" was worth it, i.e., time well "spent". Thanks!

I think all Christians should be like the Bereans (Acts 17:10) when it comes to searching out (seeking) the truth. They wisely spent time daily searching the scriptures. (Matt. 7:7-8)
---Leon on 2/14/10

"..may cost time..."

The idea I was thinking about is "'s the glory of kings to search out a matter." Prov 25:2.

It takes time to search out a matter. If someone is not telling a truth, getting the people involved all together to get to the bottom of the truth takes time...and effort.

This could be applied to searching the scriptures to discover what the truth of a concept is. It takes time. Great questions.

It took time to ask, "please explain."
---Rod4Him on 2/14/10

"...maybe it cost time..." Rod4Him, 2/13

Please explain, what do you mean by that?
---Leon on 2/14/10

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Buy, particularly in "buying truth," has the idea that truth costs something. Maybe it costs money, maybe it costs time, or maybe it costs being truthful even when it hurts.
---Rod4Him on 2/13/10

Anybody: When you "buy" something what are you actually doing?
---Leon on 2/13/10

There are some gifts which, ofcourse, belongs to believers, and they are priceless. wisdom, self-discipline, which is very difficult to understand and very hard to optain. But true self-discipline, one can only obtain from God. And the other one is understanding, which certainly life's experiences can help in this. Hold on to these these gifts at all cost. You never want to lose them.
---catherine on 2/11/10

Jody: Compared to other blog responses I've read over the years, yours isn't silly at all. :) However, it's far from what I'm looking for. Thanks though & stay in the word (Bible).
---Leon on 2/10/10

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If you take it literally, it is quite the warning to the high dollar T.V. teachers, preachers, prophets, evangelists, healers, etc.:) I suppose it you take it literally, then we should buy Bibles but not sell them:). Pay for a Bible based convention but don't be the one hosting it at profit:) Pay for information if you need to but always give it away freely? I knew a woman who was very upset when someone stole her Bible which had all of her notes in it. My response to her was that it was a blessing. If someone wants to steal from me, I hope it will be a Bible:). I realize that this is a rather silly blog response. My point really is that much is required from the one who gets rich in the name of Jesus.
---jody on 2/8/10

I agree with Alan. Besides that telling the truth and finding the truth may cost money, Proverbs is about principles of living, not necessarily spiritual concepts.

Buying and getting wisdom and understanding is throughout Proverbs. Also, one should get knowledge. I've always thought of knowledge and understanding related to getting an education.

The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord. Wisdom comes from respecting the Lord, and wisdom comes from following the Lord over time.
---Rod4Him on 2/8/10

I think Michael is right.

Jesus told the truth all the time and He got crucified for it.

I tell people the truth and they say I'm wrong, I'm nuts, etc., Why is it so hard to hear the truth?

When God reveals something to me that I did wrong, I immediately repent and ask Him to forgive me. Then I pray hard so that I can walk and stay in the Spirit so I won't commit that sin again.
---Donna on 2/8/10

The things that God wants us to have are: Truth, Wisdom, Discipline, and Understanding. All of these are Godly characteristics that ALL Christians are told by God to develop.
---Leslie on 2/8/10

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"Buy the truth, and do not sell it,
.Also wisdom and instruction and understanding."
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Proverbs 23:23)

"For wisdom is better than rubies,
.And all the things one may desire
. . . . cannot be compared with her."
. . . . . . . . . . . (Proverbs 8:11)

I think "Buy truth and do not sell it" can be an expression, not literally meaning to pay money for the truth. Jesus paid His blood. So, we pay a "thank You", and give "freely", I think Jesus is saying in Matthew 10:8. And we never run out, in giving.
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/8/10

Buy them.. buy into them..believe in them.. make them yours...sacrifice the world for them..for in them is salvation.
As we were bought for a price and now those in Christ are His...
Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
1Cr 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD,
---MIchael on 2/8/10

Leon, why don't YOU explain it to us?

23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
---Donna on 2/8/10

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