The Jewelry Proverbs Recommends


Jewels are both investment and adornment. As portable wealth, they are hard to beat. Set in beautiful designs, jewels not only increase in value but beautify their wearer. Yet, there are beauties of value that eclipse silver, gold, rubies, or diamonds. Imagine jewelry unstealable, indestructible, portable, and supremely valuable; jewelry that beautifies the wearer, regardless of skin-tone, wealth, or natural beauty. You’ve just imagined what Proverbs offers.

Proverbs 3:13 — “How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. 14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.”

Proverbs 8:11 — “For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.”

Proverbs 20:15 — “There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.” [1]

Job concurs: “Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls” (Job 28:18). [2] When your daughter longs to be beautiful, she longs for something God desires for her. When she thinks of jewelry as a beauty enhancer, she’s confusing the image for the reality.

God has jewels for the beautification of his daughters. They are free, and they are costly. The luster of wisdom, the shine of a gentle and quiet spirit, the sparkle of understanding kindness … these outshine the cold, hard glitter of material jewelry as the sun outshines a candle.

1 Peter 3:4 — “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

A heart inclined to true beauty and eternal value chooses imperishable beauty over perishable. Sisters, have you invested in acquiring God’s jewels? Are you adorned with wisdom, understanding, lips of knowledge, and a gentle and quiet spirit?


  1. KJV/ESV/NET: a precious jewel; CSB: rare treasure.
  2. KJV/NIV: rubies; ESV/NASB/CSB/NET: pearls; LEB: red corals.

Originally posted at Exegetical Thoughts and Biblical Theology.

Philip Brown
Philip Brown
Dr. Philip Brown is Graduate Program Director and Professor at God's Bible School & College. He holds a PhD in Old Testament Interpretation from Bob Jones University and is the author of A Reader's Hebrew Bible (Zondervan Academic, 2008).