"for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." ESV
That's a pretty serious claim. All that I may desire? Well, I desire joy, satisfaction, fulfillment, eternal happiness, and more. At my best, I even desire God himself. I suspect the author has less lofty things in mind, however - things like money, sex, and power.
Regardless, if the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and wisdom teaches us the way of life, where will it ultimately lead, but to eternal life in Jesus? Jesus said eternal life is to know God. Won't true wisdom lead us to beg his mercy, and guide us to know and love God for eternity? I am sure it will.
Knowing that, this proverb makes sense, even in the ultimate sense. Wisdom is better than anything I may desire. The application is obvious: pursue wisdom with all you have! Trade anything, everything, to get this precious gift! It will teach us to live well in this life, and ultimately lead us to live well eternally. Wisdom will teach us to live the life of shalom - everything (including you) in it's proper place under God.
So, pursue wisdom - ask for it, read for it, listen for it, pray for it! And then practice it
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