Psalm 37:16
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New International Version
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

King James Bible
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Darby Bible Translation
The little that the righteous hath is better than the abundance of many wicked;

World English Bible
Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the little of the righteous, Than the store of many wicked.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A little that a righteous man hath - This is a solid maxim.

Whatever a good man has, has God's blessing in it; even the blessings of the wicked are cursed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 13:25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

Proverbs 15:16,17 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith...

Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail...

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Library
November 13. "Delight Thyself in the Lord" (Ps. xxxvii. 4).
"Delight thyself in the Lord" (Ps. xxxvii. 4). Daniel's heart was filled with God's love for His work and kingdom and his prayers were the mightiest forces of his time, through which God gave to him the restoration of Israel to their own land, and the acknowledgment by the rulers of the world of the God of whom he testified and for whom he lived. There is a beautiful promise in the thirty-seventh Psalm, "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart," which it is,
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

April 24. "Fret not Thyself in any Wise" (Ps. xxxvii. 8).
"Fret not thyself in any wise" (Ps. xxxvii. 8). A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it along the rough way, but they touched God's work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless. Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone. If we wholly trust an interest to God we can keep our hands off it, and He will guard it
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Christian Devotion to God's Will.
I into God's own heart and mind My heart and mind deliver, What evil seems, a gain I find, E'en death is life for ever. I am His son, Who spread the throne Of heaven high above me. Tho' I bend low Beneath His blow, Yet still His heart doth love me. He ne'er can prove untrue to me, My Father aye must love me, And tho' He cast me in the sea, He only thus would prove me; In what He good Doth count, He would My heart establish ever. And if I stand, His mighty hand Will raise me, and deliver. Vain had
Paul Gerhardt—Paul GerhardtÆs Spiritual Songs

Biographical Sketch.
Paul Gerhardt was born in Graefenhainichen in Electoral Saxony, where his father, Christian Gerhardt, was Burgomaster. There is some doubt as to the precise year of his birth, owing to the destruction of the church books when the place was burnt by the Swedes on the 16th of April, 1637. According to some, the event took place in the year 1606; according to others, in 1607. The probability is in favour of the former date, for General Superintendent Goltlob Stolze, of Luebben,[1] says that he died,
Paul Gerhardt—Paul GerhardtÆs Spiritual Songs

Cross References
Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

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

Jeremiah 35:9
or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops.

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