Proverbs 15:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

New Living Translation
Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

English Standard Version
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

King James Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

International Standard Version
Better is a little accompanied by fear of the LORD than abundant wealth with turmoil.

NET Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth and turmoil with it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To worship Lord Jehovah a little is better than the great treasures of the evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to have a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with trouble.

American King James Version
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

American Standard Version
Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without content,

Darby Bible Translation
Better is little with the fear of Jehovah than great store and disquietude therewith.

English Revised Version
Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it.

World English Bible
Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, than great treasure with trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah, Than much treasure, and tumult with it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Better is little with the fear of the Lord. The good man's little store, which bears upon it the blessing of the Lord, is better than great treasure and trouble therewith, i.e. with the treasure (Proverbs 16:8; Psalm 37:16). The trouble intended is the care and labour and anxiety attending the pursuit and preservation of wealth. "Much coin, much care" (comp. Ecclesiastes 6:4). It was good advice of the old moralist, "Sis pauper honeste potius quam dives male; Namque hoc fert crimen, illud misericordiam." Vulgate, thesauri magni et insatiabiles, "treasures which satisfy not;" Septuagint, "Great treasures without fear (of the Lord)." Christ's maxim is, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith. Not that a "little" is better than "much" of that which is good, as the things of this world are in themselves; poverty is not better than riches, simply considered; but as these are attended with different circumstances: if a man has but little of worldly substance, yet if he has "the fear of God" in his heart, and before his eyes; that fear which has God for its author and for its object, and which is itself a treasure; and may be here put for all grace, for the riches of grace saints are partakers of; such a man's little is better than another man's abundance without the fear of the Lord, as the Septuagint and Arabic versions render it: for such a man, though he has but little, which is the common portion of good men, yet he does not lack; be has enough, and is content; what he has he has with a blessing, and he enjoys it, and God in it, and has communion with him; and has also other bread to eat, the world knows nothing of: and particularly having the fear of God, the eve of God is upon him with pleasure; his heart is towards him, and sympathizes with him in all his troubles; his hand communicates unto him both temporal and spiritual meat, which is given to them that fear the Lord; his angels encamp about him, his power protects him; his secrets are with him, and inconceivable and inexpressible goodness is laid up for him: wherefore he is better off with his little, having the fear of God, than another with his great abundance and affluence, being destitute of it: and besides, having a great deal of "trouble" along with his treasure; trouble in amassing and getting it together; trouble in keeping it from being lost, or taken away by thieves and, robbers, for fear of which he cannot sleep; trouble through an insatiable desire of having more; he has no rest nor peace because he has not so much as he would have, or others have. Besides, he has what he has with curse; God sends upon him cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all he sets his hand to, Deuteronomy 28:2; where the same word is used as here: and he has it also with the cry of the poor; so some render the word, "a noise" or "tumult" (g); and interpret it of the cries and tears of those that are oppressed and injured; so Jarchi and Gersom; or, "with terror" (h), as some render it; with the terrors of a guilty conscience, with the fear of hell and everlasting damnation. Better have a little with a good conscience, than ever so much attended with such circumstances; it is not any man's little, but the good man's little, that is preferable to the wicked man's much; see Psalm 37:16.

(g) "tumultus", Tigurine version, Montanus, Vatablus; "strepitus", Mercerus. (h) "Terror", Aben Ezra.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. trouble—agitation, implying the anxieties and perplexities attending wealth held by worldlings (Pr 16:18; 1Ti 6:6).

Proverbs 15:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
15All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 16Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it. 17Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Psalm 37:16
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

Proverbs 15:15
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 16:8
Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Ecclesiastes 4:6
Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
Treasury of Scripture

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

little

Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 28:6 Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is …

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

great

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Ecclesiastes 2:10,11,18-23 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not …

Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that …

Jump to Previous
Better Disquietude Fear Great Little Store Therewith Together Treasure Trouble Tumult Turmoil Wealth
Jump to Next
Better Disquietude Fear Great Little Store Therewith Together Treasure Trouble Tumult Turmoil Wealth
Links
Proverbs 15:16 NIV
Proverbs 15:16 NLT
Proverbs 15:16 ESV
Proverbs 15:16 NASB
Proverbs 15:16 KJV

Proverbs 15:16 Bible Apps
Proverbs 15:16 Bible Suite
Proverbs 15:16 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 15:16 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 15:16 French Bible
Proverbs 15:16 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and Better fear great is it little LORD of than the treasure turmoil wealth with

OT Poetry: Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Proverbs 15:15
Top of Page
Top of Page