As I meditate on this one verse from Proverbs some thoughts come to mind.
- There is a price to pay for truth. Truth is not given away freely. It cost in time, and even money, and in many cases the agony of painful life experiences.
- Secondly, there is a temptation to sell it. If not then the writer of Proverbs would not have admonished us "do not sell it." We sell the truth when we live in a way that is not according to truth. We sell the truth when we compromise the truth out of fear, or selfish gain. When we know something is true, but we refuse to own it, or live by it, we are selling the truth. Implicit in the phrase, "do not sell it." is the thought that truth is priceless. There is nothing worthing trading for truth.
- Lastly I see here that truth comes in different closely related forms. Wisdom, instruction, and understanding, though closely related are not the same.