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

New Living Translation
Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

English Standard Version
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

King James Bible
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.

International Standard Version
A little gain with righteousness is better than great income without justice.

NET Bible
Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice.

New Heart English Bible
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Better is a little in righteousness than a multitude of gain which is not by justice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better a few [possessions] gained honestly than many gained through injustice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a little with righteousness Than great revenues with injustice.

New American Standard 1977
Better is a little with righteousness
            Than great income with injustice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is a little with righteousness than a great number of fruits with injustice.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without justice.

American King James Version
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

American Standard Version
Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a little with justice, than great revenues with iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

English Revised Version
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

World English Bible
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice.
Study Bible
The Tongue's Answer is from the Lord
7When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice. 9The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:16
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

Proverbs 15:16
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

Proverbs 16:7
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:9
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

Ecclesiastes 4:6
One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.
Treasury of Scripture

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

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Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and …

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

1 Timothy 6:6-9 But godliness with contentment is great gain…

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Proverbs 21:6,7 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to …

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets …

Micah 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, …

Verse 8. - Better is a little with righteousness (Proverbs 15:16; Psalm 37:16). "Righteousness" may mean here a holy life or just dealing; as without right, or, with injustice, in the second clause, may refer either generally wickedness, or specially to fraud and oppression (Jeremiah 22:13). Says Theognis -

Βούλεο δ εὐσεβέων ὀλίγοις σὺν χρήμασιν οἰκεῖν
Η πλουτεῖν ἀδίκως χρήματα πασάμενος.

"Wish thou with scanty means pious to live,
Rather than rich with large, ill-gotten wealth."
Another maxim says to the same effect -

Λεπτῶς καλῶς ζῇν κρεῖσσον η} λαμπρῶς κακῶς. Septuagint, "Better is small getting (λῆψις) with righteousness, than great revenues with iniquity" (see on Proverbs 15:29). Better is a little with righteousness,.... Gotten in a righteous way, held by a righteous claim, used in a righteous manner, attended with a life of righteousness and holiness; and also along with an interest in the righteousness of Christ, which renders acceptable unto God, yields peace and comfort, and entitles to eternal glory and happiness. A truly righteous man may have but little of this world's goods; but his small pittance is better

than great revenues without right; obtained in an unjust way; detained from the right owner of them, and used in an unrighteous manner, in a course of sin and wickedness: or, "without judgment" (e); how to make use of them aright, and without a righteousness that will justify them at the day of judgment; See Gill on Proverbs 15:16. A little the true church of Christ enjoys in the wilderness; having Christ and his grace, Christ and his righteousness, is better than all the revenues of the church of Rome gotten by the unlawful methods they are; and which, in one hour will come to nought, Revelation 18:17.

(e) "absque judicio", Pagninus, Montanus. 8. (Compare Pr 15:6, 16, 17).16:4. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. 5. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. 6. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. 7. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. 8. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. 9. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. 11. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment.
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