Is today’s quote Bible or Not? And if so, who is the woman that is more precious than rubies and to be desired more than anything else?
“She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.”
Yes, this quote is a verse from the Bible, Proverbs 3:15 (NKJV), but it is not referring to a literal woman. The Book of Proverbs is one of the “wisdom books” of the Bible, and as as a matter of fact the word “wisdom” occurs 54 times in Proverbs. Chapter 3 is no different in exhorting the reader on how important it is to gain wisdom.
The Book of Proverbs is attributed to King Solomon, the son of David, and within the pages of this book of the Bible he often personifies wisdom as a woman. Such is the case here, and with a little editorial liberty we have:
“Wisdom is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with it.” – Proverbs 3:15
King Solomon was considered to be the wisest man to ever live. Perhaps that’s why he made wisdom a dominant theme of his writings. More than that, he uses the metaphor of a man’s passion for a woman as he taught his son these proverbs. Surely, a young man knows what it feels like to have passion for the woman of his desire. Solomon wants us to have a passion for wisdom greater than any other drive in our lives, because he knows it will lead us to the truth and Word of God. Maybe we should listen.