(Proverbs 3:14 KJV) For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
How do you measure value? When do you know if you are getting ahead or falling behind? Did you “gain” (8393) or lose? I remember reading a science fiction story in which two star empires were fighting a war that was going on forever. No one could figure out why the other side kept fighting when they were obviously losing. The point of the story was that they both though they were winning because they were using different measurements of success. One was measuring total tonnage destroyed, the other was measuring the number of ships destroyed.
Have you picked a real measure of success. The point of Proverbs is that a life without wisdom is pointless no matter how much “gold” (2742d) and “silver” (3701) you accumulate. The reason Solomon keeps reminding us of this is that we tend to get distracted by what we can touch.
So? Don’t just balance your checking account. Take a look at your spiritual portfolio and see if you life is invested wisely. Invest for eternity.