It Is Better Than Gold and Silver

Posted by Emma on May 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” Psalm 119:72

Thousands of gold and silver is a lot. Most people dream of being rich and would love to have lots of gold and silver. The Psalmist would rather have God’s word. God is first in his life and he desires the things of God more than the things of this earth. We also should put God first in our lives and riches second.

The first word in this verse is טוב (tov) which means good or better.  לי (li) means me. תורת (torat) means direction or instruction. This word is often translated into English as law. It is connect by a Makkeph with the word פיך  (phicha) which means thy mouth. The instructions that come from God’s mouth are better to the Psalmist.

The next three words tell us what the instructions of God are better than. The word מאלפי (me’aliphee) means thousands.  זהב (zahav) means gold. The final word in this verse is  וכסף (vacaseph). The ו (vav) at the beginning of this word means and the main part of the word means silver.

Silver and gold are often linked together when talking about wealth. These are the most expensive metals. Yet better than all the wealth of the world are the instructions that come from God’s mouth. If we do what God commands, we will have treasure for all eternity. That is far better than enjoying pleasures on earth for a season. We should work to know God’s words more than we work to gain money or things. We should obey God before the culture or our bosses. We should store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and HIs righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. Seek God, His kingdom, and His words and the needs of life will be taken care of. Make God’s instructions better to you than thousands of gold and silver.

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