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Buy The Truth & Sell It Not

Buy The Truth & Sell It Not  Friday, February 23, 2018


By James L. Thornton

Proverbs 23:23. “Buy The Truth, And Sell It Not; Also Wisdom, And Instruction, And Understanding.”


Beginning with the 16th through the 24th chapter of Proverbs, nine chapters, Solomon gives moral, ethical, and spiritual precepts to his son. He speaks of the evil effects of laziness, of gluttony, of drunkenness.

He says to give honor to father and mother… then in the midst of these precepts he says, “Buy the truth and sell it not; …”

Truth is praised for its own sake as a supreme possession. Truth is to be acquired, and not to be parted with for any consideration, or any price.

Like the pearl of great price that the merchant found and in exchange, for which, he gave all that he had.

All the world is a market place and all the men and women buyers and sellers. Every day is a market day, and evening brings the balance sheets of the things bought and sold, the tabulations of the net gain or loss.

Foolish people are selling the better things for the worse.
The wise buy precious and enduring things.

Your talents,
Your physical strength,
Your mental capabilities,
Are bartered on the labor market every day.

In fact, even more of our beings are sold or bought each day.
We are either, buying, or selling, our souls daily.

In our opening scripture (Proverbs 23:23), Solomon speaks of, 

1. A thing of value = “truth”                                                                                                                                     

2. The way to obtain it = “buy the truth”                                                                                                               

3. The folly of bartering it = “sell it not;”


We all have owned, or own, things that had great value to us. We have said, “I wouldn’t take anything for it.” But, many times, with the passing of time, our appreciation of these things diminish. Then we are willing to sell these things, sometimes at a profit, sometimes at a loss.

Sometimes we get all the good from it and cast it aside. 

This is because much that we own has no lasting value.

“Buy the truth and sell it not;”

Truth wields a mystic power. 

All must bow to her authority, whether they love her or not.

Truth demands respect, it has a divine right
To command,
To judge,
To condemn,
Or to acquit.
It is the sole possessor of such a right.

To seek truth, wherever it is found,
To follow truth, wherever it leads,
To do (live) truth, whatever the consequences,
May be said to be the sum of all “the whole duty of man.”

2 Thessalonians 2:8. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9. Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11. And for this cause god shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 

Let no promise of reward, however great, tempt you from loyalty to truth. Nothing which is purchased at the cost of truth is worth the price.


1. “I will not sacrifice my principals upon the altar of popularity.” Do not sacrifice truth upon any altar.
2. “I will be loyal to my convictions at whatever the cost.”

Beware of disloyalty to truth. 

Let us look at truth in different spheres of life.


Prevails in all our actions and interactions with others.

Ephesians 4:25. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Truth is indispensable in the real discharge of life. Truth is the bond of society.                    

A household cannot be governed by lying, nor can a nation…. 

Of all vices (sins) perhaps lying is the meanest.


Which is truth in nature as God created it.

For thousands of years men believed that the earth was flat, and, that it was the center of the universe, but the age of discovery (14th- 17th century) proved otherwise.

God put forces in effect at creation which interact in their own particular way, electricity, magnetic force, gravity, even life itself, these all obey the laws which govern them.


“Pilate saith unto him, what is truth?” (John 18:38)

Truth is that which agrees with reality.
Truth is any conception that coincides with facts.
Truth is inseparable from the idea of God.

There are men who, under certain circumstances will tell the truth, and all men are presumed to be truthful unless their own interests are served by contrary conduct.

But, no one can conceive of God telling the truth part of the time and hedging by deceit in other dealings with his creatures.

Truth in all its fullness, its purity and Excellency, can only come through the scriptures, which is the Word of God.

John 1:17. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

John 14:6. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The Sanhedrists said, “Truth is the seal of god.”

We must come to the conclusion that God is the source from which all truth originates. God is truth.

Psalms 33:4. “For the word of God is right; and all his works are done in truth.”

In offering men salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the integrity of God is pledged as an earnest and a guaranty. Gods word of honor has been given, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Since the honor of God is bound up in my salvation, I rest in warm, confident possession of a redemption because God is truth.


“Buy the truth,.."

Truth cannot be purchased with money.

Isaiah 55:1. “Ho. Every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea come buy wine and milk without money and without price.” 

The power of money, though enormously great, is limited. 

There are some things money can't buy.

1. A good name,
2. A good reputation,
3. An easy conscience, free of guilt,
4. Happiness,
5. A man’s trust,
6. A woman’s love,
7. Self-respect,
8. The right to pray,
9. A place in God’s church,
10. An inheritance with saints.

These things must be bought with something besides money, they must be bartered for.                      

We must give up something in exchange for, truth, character, and trust.

Truth is the pearl of great price, for which every thing must be given to obtain.                                       

We must buy higher and richer experiences in Christ through prayer, consecration, study, and meditation.


Hebrews 11:24a. “By faith Moses, when he was come of years...
25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”


What you get when you barter truth,
Shame and ruin in this life.

Genesis 29:34. tells the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob at time when he thought a bowl of pottage (pea-soup) was of more value than blessings of the family name and all that it entailed.

Hebrews 12:16. “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17. For ye know how that afterwards, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”

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