Proverbs 4:7

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wisedome is the principall thing, therefore get wisedome: and with all thy getting, get vnderstanding.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The beginning of wisdom {is:} Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wisdom `is' the principal thing; `therefore' get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge.
- Basic English Bible

The beginning of wisdom [is], Get wisdom; and with all thy getting get intelligence.
- Darby Bible

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
- Webster's Bible

Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding.
- World English Bible

The first thing [is] wisdom -- get wisdom, And with all thy getting get understanding.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The beginning of wisdom is: Get wisdom; yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 4:7


4:7 With all - Even with the price of all.


Discussion for Proverbs 4:7

  • Mans thoughts and ways are foolishness in gods sight. So lean not on your own understanding.only he will guide us into holiness and righteousness.
  • MockingBird for verse 7
    Wisdom is God 's word : Understanding is knowing how to use the word of God in my life.
  • Carrie M for verse 7
    I love this scripture. It helps me to go past just the acquisition of knowledge and information. Wisdom imparts direction and a bigger picture also of how and when knowledge may be applied in a situation. The law could kill a matter, but the Spirit wisdom always adds life.
  • Malcolm for verse 7
    "Wisdom is the principle thing " I seem to recall that what translates from Hebrew to English as the principle thing is the same word or perhaps root word that means "head ", one of those profound and poetic types of phrases that seem to add another dimension to the passage. Fitting because wisdom and understanding involve the head already. So instead of wisdom just being in the head, this proverb declares that wisdom itself is the head.
  • Adinkwu, Prince Chuks for verse 7
    Wisdom speaks for a man, without wisdom and understanding we are incomplete. God is wisdom, He is understanding, ask for wisdom and understanding and it is yours.
  • Albert Kaapehi for verse 7
    I love this scripture so much. Wisdom is the principal thing.