13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Have you ever pursued something for the sake of happiness, only to achieve it and find yourself unfulfilled? Much of our lives are spent in the pursuit of happiness, yet how many of have truly found it? According to this proverb, true happiness is a byproduct of finding wisdom. It is wisdom that reveals which paths to take and which to avoid, when to act and when to wait, when to speak and when to listen. With it comes understanding of the way things have been, how they are now, and how they may be – so that realistic expectations may be set and discontentment can give way to hope.
“For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” Wealth without wisdom is a dangerous thing, while wisdom is beneficial regardless of circumstances. What would you rather pass on to your children, great wealth or great wisdom? Wisdom is a currency that never runs out, you can share it generously and never go broke. Though it is precious, there is no need to conserve it. Wealth does not ensure happiness, but it does ensure risk. But wisdom cannot be stolen, it does not deceive, and it will not harm a single relationship.