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pearl of great price, a

Anything of enormous value. The term comes from the New Testament (Matthew 13:45–46), in which the kingdom of heaven is so described. The doctrinal book of the Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is called the Pearl of Great Price.
See also: great, of, pearl
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When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it."
Jesus said: "The Kingdom of God is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he has found a pearl of great price, went out and sold all that he had and bought it" (Matthew 13).
Such stories not only make great television, they also remind me of the gospel passage about the seeker who bought a field that, lo and behold, had a pearl of great price buried within it.
The twin parables of a treasure buried in a field and of a pearl of great price show the fascination of the Kingdom of God for persons who have found them.