Proverbs 3:14 (KJV 1900) — 14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, And the gain thereof than fine gold.
Wisdom and understanding are profitable. The Hebrew word translated “merchandise” speaks specifically of profit. Gold and silver, the two most precious metals in the ancient world, are a poor second and third to the value of wisdom and understanding. There is always a market for wisdom and understanding, even in the secular world. People who have these qualities are in demand everywhere. Those who possess them will never find themselves on the shelf.