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by Wayne Blank
"The price of wisdom is above pearls"
Pearls are produced inside the shell of certain clams or oysters and are much valued as a jewel. The iridescent inside surface of the shell is known as "mother of pearl" and is itself regarded as valuable, as in this example of "mother-of-pearl and precious stones" in a Persian king's palace (see also Ancient Empires - Persia and Esther).
"And when these days were completed, the king gave for all the people present in Susa the capital, both great and small, a banquet lasting for seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace. There were white cotton curtains and blue hangings caught up with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and marble pillars, and also couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and precious stones. Drinks were served in golden goblets, goblets of different kinds, and the royal wine was lavished according to the bounty of the king." (Esther 1:5-7 RSV)
Pearls are however used most frequently in the Scriptures within an object lesson, as in this example of how Godly wisdom is far more valuable than pearls.
"Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls." (Job 28:17-18 RSV)
Jesus Christ used pearls as an analogy for Godly wisdom (and the time available to teach those who truly want to learn the way to salvation) that is not to be wasted on those who have proven themselves to defiantly reject God's offer of salvation.
"Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you." (Matthew 7:6 RSV)
Christ also used "fine pearls" as an analogy for the way of truth that leads to salvation on the Judgment Day (see When Will You Be Judged?).
"The Son of man will send His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth [see also Baptism Of Fire]. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Christians are to adorn themselves with humility and truth.
"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion." (1 Timothy 2:8-10 RSV)
In contrast, the great religious harlot (the Church of Rome) and her daughter harlots (most of the "Protestant" churches who maintain nearly all of the same false doctrines as Rome) are "bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication," as they have been, and yet will again, be "drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."
"Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the dwellers on earth have become drunk."
"Babylon" isn't just religious confusion (in the original language, Babylon literally means confusion); it also applies to most of the world's dead-end political and economic systems.
"And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and were wanton with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning; they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, "Alas! alas! thou great city, thou mighty city, Babylon! In one hour has thy judgment come."
Fact Finder: Where are the famous "pearly gates" to be?