If offered either gold and a bag full of jewels or lips that speak knowledge . . . choose the lips that speak knowledge from God. In today's world I hear commercials that tout the wisdom of buying gold. Gold will continue to rise in value and it is a safe investment. Having gold provides a secure future as the financial markets as well as the monetary ones continue to decline. But even these things will pass away. To have knowledge is far more valuable in the end.
As I write this gold is nearing $1500 an ounce. Jewels are rising in value as well. On a recent trip to Israel I visited a diamond cutting and setting facility. I was shocked as I walked through their gallery and saw how much these precious stones cost. They had an abundance of these precious stones. Some items ran almost $100,000 - and most were over $1000 at least. What an abundance of these jewels in a bag were worth is beyond my imagination. Yet even compared to what had to be a multi-million dollar inventory of jewels - to have a mouth and lips that speak knowledge is far better.
The lips of knowledge refer to a man or worman who speaks and acknowledges the wisdom of God. He usually speaks with reference to the Word of God - accessing it to help prove any kind of point that he is making. The word for knowledge here is "daath" which refers to knowing by experience, relationship, or encounter. These are lips that speak of more than just head knowledge and learning. This one speaks because he has encountered God. He knows Him personally and as a result of this personal knowledge, has a wisdom and a discernment that comes from knowing the real God versus the lies of this world and the false religions of it. This is true wealth to God - and should be to us. Nothing should be more valuable to us than hearing someone who knows and walks with God speak the things that exalt Him in our eyes - as well as the eyes of the world. Value this above all - for when you have these kind of lips that speak knowledge - or you know someone who does - you are rich indeed.