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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Proverbs 8:19

My fruit [is] better than gold, yea, than fine gold
This is said in allusion to the fruit that grows on trees, Wisdom, or Christ, being a tree of life, (See Gill on 3:18); and so he is compared to other trees, (Song of Solomon 2:3) (Hosea 14:8) . His "fruit" are the blessings of grace, such as redemption, reconciliation, pardon, justification, adoption, and eternal life; these are his by covenant, are procured by him, and are communicated from him; also the graces of his Spirit called fruits, as faith, hope, love… of which he is the author and object; and even good works, the fruits of his grace; they are done in virtue of union to him, by his strength, and are directed to his glory: and all these, especially his grace and the blessings of it, are preferable to the finest gold; they are more valuable as to their intrinsic worth and excellency; they are more useful and profitable, being for the good and welfare of immortal souls; and they are more satisfying and more lasting, and which cannot be obtained with such a corruptible thing as gold is; and my revenue than choice silver;
as the former word refers to fruits that grow on trees, this to such as spring from seed sown in the earth; see (Leviticus 23:39) , where the same word is used as here, and is also rendered "revenue" in (Jeremiah 12:13) ; Christ himself is compared to seed, and so his word, (John 12:24) (Luke 8:11) ; and the fruit or revenue thereof is the same as before: or else the allusion is to the profit arising from riches, from estates, and their annual rent; or from money put out to use, or improved by commerce, and so signifies the same with the gain and merchandise of wisdom, (See Gill on 3:14). Aben Ezra construes the words thus, "my revenue is choicer than silver"; but our version is best.

 


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The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Bibliography Information
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 8:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=008&verse=019>. 1999.


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