Proverbs 20:15 – Valuable knowledge

There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

(Pro 20:15 ESV)

This verse utilizes irony to make its point. By seemingly dismissing rare and precious things (gold, costly stones) as though they were common and insignificant the author emphasizes the true value of “lips of knowledge.” Two observations are in order. First observation: the value of knowledge itself. Education, study, research – all forms of enhancing our intellectual capacities – are worthwhile goals.

Second observation: the value of “lips” of knowledge. Those who take their knowledge and make it accessible to others are of unfathomable value. When you share knowledge – however you do so – you represent these “lips of knowledge.” Don’t forget, knowledge has this remarkable ability to keep us calm and settled during disputes.

When we discuss these important life issues with each other, may we do so from a foundation of knowledge instead of speculation or opinion. We will prove our worth if we do so.

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