Proverbs 22:1
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New International Version
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

New Living Translation
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

English Standard Version
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

New American Standard Bible
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.

King James Bible
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.

International Standard Version
A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth, and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.

NET Bible
A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Name is better than great wealth, and compassion is better than gold or silver.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A good name is more desirable than great wealth. Respect is better than silver or gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A good reputation is rather to be chosen than great riches and good grace rather than silver and gold.

King James 2000 Bible
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

American King James Version
A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

American Standard Version
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A good name is better than great riches: and good favour is above silver and gold.

Darby Bible Translation
A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches; loving favour rather than silver and gold.

English Revised Version
A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

World English Bible
A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold.

Young's Literal Translation
A name is chosen rather than much wealth, Than silver and than gold -- good grace.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. It will be observed that "good" in the Authorized Version is in italics, showing that the epithet is not expressed in the Hebrew, which is simply שֵׁם (shem), "name." But this word carried with it the notion of good repute, as in Ecclesiastes 7:1; for being well known implied honour and reputation, while being nameless (Job 30:8) signified not only obscurity, but ignominy and discredit. Hence the versions have ὄνομα καλόν, nomen bonum, and Ecclus. 41:12, "Have regard to thy name (περὶ ὀνόματος), for that shall continue with thee above a thousand great treasures of gold. A good life," the moralist continues, "hath but few days; but a good name endureth forever" (contrast Proverbs 10:7). And loving favour rather than silver and gold; or, more accurately, and before gold and silver grace is good; i.e. grace is far better than gold. Grace (chen) is the manner and demeanour which win love, as well as the favour and affection gained thereby; taken as parallel to "name," in the former hemistich, it means here "favour," the regard conceived by others for a worthy object. Publ. Syr., "Bona opinio hominum tutier pecunia est." The French have a proverb, "Bonne renommee vaut mieux que ceinture doree." The latter hemistich gives the reason for the assertion in the former - a good name is so valuable because it wins affection and friendship, which are far preferable to material riches,

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,.... The word "good" is not in the text, but is rightly supplied, as it is by the Targum, Septuagint, and Vulgate Latin versions; for it is not any name that is more eligible than riches; nor is it a need name among any sort of persons; for to have a good name with some turns to a man's reproach rather than to his credit; but a good name among good men, a name in the house of God, which is better than sons and daughters; a new name, the name of the children of God, which no man knoweth but he that receiveth it; this is to be preferred to a multitude of riches: it is not to be procured by them, and is where they are not, or are lost, but this continues; see Ecclesiastes 7:1;

and loving favour rather them silver and gold; favour with God and man, especially with God, whose loving kindness is better than life, and all the enjoyments of it: or, as it may be rendered, "grace is better than silver and gold" (p); the grace of God through Christ, the grace of Christ, in whom all fulness of it dwells, the grace of the Spirit of Christ; faith is more precious than gold that perisheth; and if a man would give all the substance of his house for love it would be contemned; the Spirit and his grace are not to be purchased for money.

(p) "gratia melior", Munster, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis; so Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 22

Pr 22:1-29.

1. A good name—(Job 30:8, Hebrew); "good" is supplied here from Ec 7:1.

loving favour—kind regard, that is, of the wise and good.

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A Good Name More Desirable than Riches
1A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold. 2The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.…
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Proverbs 10:7
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Ecclesiastes 7:1
A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
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