Proverbs 16:8
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English Standard Version
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

King James Bible
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.

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.

Proverbs 16:8 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 Every way of a man is pure in his own eyes;

   But a weigher of the spirits is Jahve.

Variations of this verse are Proverbs 21:2, where ישׁר for זך (according to the root-meaning: pricking in the eyes, i.e., shining clear, then: without spot, pure, vid., Fleischer in Levy's Chald. Wrterbuch, i. 424), לבּות for רוּחות, and כּל־דּרך for כּל־דּרכי, whereupon here without synallage (for כל means the totality), the singular of the pred. follows, as Isaiah 64:10; Ezekiel 31:15. For the rest, cf. with 2a, Proverbs 14:12, where, instead of the subj. בּעיני, is used לפני, and with 2b, Proverbs 24:12, where God is described by תּכן לבּות. The verb תּכן is a secondary formation from כּוּן (vid., Hupfeld on Psalm 5:7), like תּכן from Arab. tyaḳn (to be fast, sure), the former through the medium of the reflex. התכּונן, the latter of the reflex. Arab. âitḳn; תּכן means to regulate (from regula, a rule), to measure off, to weigh, here not to bring into a condition right according to rule (Theodotion, ἑδράζων, stabiliens, Syr. Targ. מתקּן, Venet. καταρτίζει; Luther, "but the Lord maketh the heart sure"), but to measure or weigh, and therefore to estimate rightly, to know accurately (Jerome, spiritum ponderator est Dominus). The judgment of a man regarding the cause of life, which it is good for him to enter upon, lies exposed to great and subtle self-deception; but God has the measure and weight, i.e., the means of proving, so as to value the spirits according to their true moral worth; his investigation goes to the root (cf. κριτικός, Hebrews 4:12), his judgment rests on the knowledge of the true state of the matter, and excludes all deception, so that thus a man can escape the danger of delusion by no other means than by placing his way, i.e., his external and internal life, in the light of the word of God, and desiring for himself the all-penetrating test of the Searcher of hearts (Psalm 139:23.), and the self-knowledge corresponding to the result of this test.

Proverbs 16:8 Parallel Commentaries

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

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 and fro of them that seek death...

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

Micah 6:10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

Cross References
Psalm 37:16
Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

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

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

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.

Ecclesiastes 4:6
Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.

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