Proverbs 28:6
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New International Version
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

New Living Translation
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.

English Standard Version
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

New American Standard Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

King James Bible
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.

International Standard Version
It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.

NET Bible
A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.

New Heart English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The poor walks in integrity and the rich perverts his way.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to be a poor person who has integrity than to be rich and double-dealing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

New American Standard 1977
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity,
            Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is the poor that walks in his perfection than he that is perverse in his ways, though he is rich.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

American King James Version
Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

American Standard Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is the poor man walking in his simplicity, than the rich in crooked ways.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse, double in ways, though he be rich.

English Revised Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he is rich.

World English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse of ways who is rich.
Study Bible
The Righteous are as Bold as a Lion
5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things. 6Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich. 7He who keeps the law is a discerning son, But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:2
He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.

Proverbs 19:1
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
Treasury of Scripture

Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

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(6) Better is the poor that walketh . . .--A variation of Proverbs 19:1.

Perverse in his ways.--According to the pointing of the text the words signify, "perverse in two ways." That is, the sinner tries to "go two ways" (Ecclesiasticus 2:12); to follow his own way without entirely deserting God's; to "serve God and mammon;" he is "double-minded" (James 1:8), instead of setting before himself God's will as the guide of his life.

Verse 6. - This is almost the same as Proverbs 19:1, but varies a little in the second hemistich: than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. The Hebrew literally is, perverse of two ways; i.e. who, going one way, pretends to go another; the "two ways" being the evil which he really pursues, and the good which he feigns to follow. Delitzsch calls him "a double-going deceiver." So Siracides imprecates, "Woe to the sinner that goeth two ways" (Ecclus. 2:12). "A double-minded man," says St James (James 1:8), "is unstable in all his ways." It is not the endeavouring to serve God and mammon at the same time that is meant, but putting on the appearance of religion to mask wicked designs - in the present case in order to gain wealth. Septuagint, "A poor man walking in truth is better than a rich liar." Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness,.... See Gill on Proverbs 19:1;

than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich; or, "in his two ways" (c): that halts between two ways, or makes use of both; sometimes turns to the one, to the right hand, and sometimes to the other, to the left hand; or that pretends to the one, and walks in the other; would be thought to be a virtuous and religious man, and to walk in the paths of righteousness and truth, when he walks in those of sin and wickedness. And now a poor man that walks evenly and uprightly, according to the word of God and truth of the Gospel, in the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, and in the paths of faith and holiness, is better than he; more honourable, more comfortable, and happy in life and in death; he has grace now, and will have glory hereafter.

(c) Heb. "duabus viis", Piscator, Cocceius; "pervertens duas vias", Baynus; "duplici via", Michaelis; "gemina via", Schultens, so Ben Melech. 6. (Compare Pr 10:6). Riches cannot compensate for sin, nor the want of them affect integrity.28:1 Sin makes men cowards. Whatever difficulties the righteous meet in the way of duty, they are not daunted. 2. National sins disturb the public repose. 3. If needy persons get opportunities of oppressing, their extortion will be more severe than that of the more wealthy. 4. Wicked people strengthen one another in wicked ways. 5. If a man seeks the Lord, it is a good sign that he understands much, and it is a good means of understanding more. 6. An honest, godly, poor man, is better than a wicked, ungodly, rich man; has more comfort in himself, and is a greater blessing to the world. 7. Companions of riotous men not only grieve their parents, but shame them. 8. That which is ill got, though it may increase much, will not last long. Thus the poor are repaid, and God is glorified. 9. The sinner at whose prayers God is angry, is one who obstinately refuses to obey God's commands. 10. The success of ungodly men is their own misery. 11. Rich men are so flattered, that they think themselves superior to others. 12. There is glory in the land when the righteous have liberty. 13. It is folly to indulge sin, and excuse it. He who covers his sins, shall not have any true peace. He who humbly confesses his sins, with true repentance and faith, shall find mercy from God. The Son of God is our great atonement. Under a deep sense of our guilt and danger, we may claim salvation from that mercy which reigns through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. 14. There is a fear which causes happiness. Faith and love will deliver from the fear of eternal misery; but we should always fear offending God, and fear sinning against him. 15. A wicked ruler, whatever we may call him, this scripture calls a roaring lion, and a ranging bear. 16. Oppressors want understanding; they do not consult their own honour, ease, and safety. 17. The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him.
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