Buy the Truth (Proverbs 23:23)

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”—Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth is a strange phrase. Can you buy the truth? And if so, where is it sold? I really had a difficult time understanding this terminology. So, I looked up over a dozen modern translations and almost all of them stick with the phrase—buy the truth. So again I ask—how do you buy the truth?

The truth can be found in many places. We learn truth in math class. If we have three apples, then eat one, we have two apples left. Who can argue with that? We find truth in science. We find truth in ancient literature. For example, the Golden Rule—do unto others as you would have them do unto you—is truth. So truth can be found but where can we buy it?

Buy means to purchase or spend money on something. We spend money all the time—on one thing or another. College tuition has a price. Books have a price. I take buy the truth, then, to mean that we should invest financially in people, places, and things that reveal or teach the truth. And once we have the truth, we should not get rid of it or forget it. If I buy a couch today, I can sell it next year if I please. But the truth is too precious to ever let go. Treat it like a family heirloom. Treat the truth like a priceless work of art. Buy the truth!

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