17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Wisdom continues her speech. “I love those who love me,” she says, distinguishing herself from all else we are drawn to. Can money make the same claim? Does beauty love those that love it? Does success reciprocate devotion? What love is there for those who seek only pleasure? “And those who seek me find me,” wisdom adds, further contrasting herself. What good is it to spend your life chasing something, only to have it elude you? But the pursuit of wisdom does not disappoint, it is always a journey worth taking.
“With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Solomon himself can testify to this. He asked for wisdom and was granted wealth and honor, which he did not ask for, along with it. This is an issue of priorities. The way to achieve wealth and prosperity is not by seeking them directly, as so many have tried and failed, but rather as a byproduct of seeking wisdom. There are of course ways to get these things without wisdom, but they do not endure.
“My fruit is better than fine gold, what I yield surpasses choice silver.” There is only so much that can be done with silver and gold, but wisdom is inexhaustible. Her fruit is competence and confidence, her yield is happiness and contentment. She is indeed “a tree of life to those who take hold of her,” thriving and maturing like nothing else can.