Proverbs 16:19
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New International Version
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

New Living Translation
Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.

English Standard Version
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

King James Bible
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.

International Standard Version
Better to be humble among the poor, than to share what is stolen with the proud.

NET Bible
It is better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to share the spoils with the proud.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The humble spirit and humble eyes are better than he that divides loot with the mighty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to humble your spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

King James 2000 Bible
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

American King James Version
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

American Standard Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is it to be of a humble spirit with the meek, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

English Revised Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

World English Bible
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - This verse is connected in thought, as well as verbally, with the preceding. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly. The Revised Version has, with the poor; but "meek" or "lowly" better contrasts with "proud" of the second clause. Psalm 84:10, "I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." Than to divide the spoil with the proud. To share in the fruits of the operations and pursuits of the proud, and to enjoy their pleasures, a man must cast in his lot with them, uudergo their risks and anxieties, and participate in the crimes by which they gain their wealth. The result of such association was told in ver. 18. The Germans express the connection between abundance and folly by the terse apothegm, "Voll, toll;" "Full, fool." Septuagint, "Better is the man of gentle mind with humility, than he who divideth spoil with the violent."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly,.... The followers of the meek and lowly Jesus, whose spirits are humbled under a sense of sin; have mean thoughts of themselves and their own righteousness, and submit to the righteousness of the Son of God, and wholly trust in him for salvation; and ascribe all they have and are to the free grace of God; humble themselves under the mighty hand of God; are resigned to his will, and patiently bear all afflictions without murmuring, and think better of others than themselves: these are not in so much danger of falling as the proud and haughty, and are more grateful to men, and acceptable to God; with these he vouchsafes to dwell; to these he gives more grace, and they shall inherit the earth. Wherefore it is better to be of such a spirit, and be ranked among and keep company with the meek and lowly,

than to divide the spoil with the proud; the spoils of the poor with proud oppressors; or spoils gotten in war with proud and ambitious princes; or the spoils of kingdoms and states with antichrist, divided by him among his proud followers: it is better to be the followers of Christ, and have but little, than to be his, and have ever so much.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. divide the spoil—that is, conquer. Avoid the society of the proud (Jas 4:6).

Proverbs 16:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
18Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:9
The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.'

Judges 5:30
Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman or two for each man, colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, colorful garments embroidered, highly embroidered garments for my neck-- all this as plunder?'

Proverbs 1:13
we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

Proverbs 1:14
cast lots with us; we will all share the loot"--

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

Proverbs 29:23
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Isaiah 57:15
For this is what the high and exalted One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
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Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such …

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 1:51-53 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in …

Luke 18:13,14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as …

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Isaiah 9:3 You have multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy …

Isaiah 10:6,13-15 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people …

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

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