Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
"Coral and crystal are not to be mentioned; And the acquisition of wisdom is above that of pearls.
Coral and valuable rock crystal are worthless in trying to get it. The price of wisdom is far above pearls.
Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets--why bother? None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom!
There is no need to say anything about coral or crystal; and the value of wisdom is greater than that of pearls.
No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.
No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
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1 tn The word מֶשֶׁךְ (meshekh) comes from a root meaning “to grasp; to seize; to hold,” and so the derived noun means “grasping; acquiring; taking possession,” and therefore, “price” (see the discussion in R. Gordis, Job, 309). Gray renders it “acquisition” (so A. Cohen, AJSL 40 [1923/24]: 175).
2 tn In Lam 4:7 these are described as red, and so have been identified as rubies (so NIV) or corals.