Proverbs 15:16
New International Version
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.

New Living Translation
Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

English Standard Version
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.

Berean Study Bible
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

New King James Version
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble.

King James Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

Contemporary English Version
It's better to obey the LORD and have only a little, than to be very rich and terribly anxious.

Good News Translation
Better to be poor and fear the LORD than to be rich and in trouble.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

International Standard Version
Better is a little accompanied by fear of the LORD than abundant wealth with turmoil.

NET Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth and turmoil with it.

New Heart English Bible
Better is little, with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure with trouble.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To worship Lord Jehovah a little is better than the great treasures of the evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to have a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure and turmoil therewith.

New American Standard 1977
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure and turmoil with it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with trouble.

American King James Version
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

American Standard Version
Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Better is a small portion with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without the fear of the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasures without content,

Darby Bible Translation
Better is little with the fear of Jehovah than great store and disquietude therewith.

English Revised Version
Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is little with the fear of the LORD, than great treasure and trouble with it.

World English Bible
Better is little, with the fear of Yahweh, than great treasure with trouble.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a little with the fear of Jehovah, Than much treasure, and tumult with it.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
15All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 16Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil. 17Better a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 6:6
Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain.

Psalm 37:16
Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked.

Proverbs 15:15
All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

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

Ecclesiastes 4:6
Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and pursuit of the wind.

Treasury of Scripture

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

little

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

Proverbs 28:6
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

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

great

Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

Ecclesiastes 2:10,11,18-23
And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour…

Ecclesiastes 5:10-12
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity…







Lexicon
Better
טוֹב־ (ṭō·wḇ-)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

a little
מְ֭עַט (mə·‘aṭ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

with the fear
בְּיִרְאַ֣ת (bə·yir·’aṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3374: Fear, reverence

of the LORD
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

than great
רָ֝֗ב (rāḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

treasure
מֵאוֹצָ֥ר (mê·’ō·w·ṣār)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 214: Treasure, store, a treasury, storehouse

with turmoil.
וּמְה֥וּמָה (ū·mə·hū·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4103: Tumult, confusion, disquietude, discomfiture
(16) Trouble.--The "disquiet" (Psalm 39:6) which attends the pursuit and care of riches, in contrast to the "peace which they have who love God's law. (Psalm 119:165.)

Verse 16. - Better is little with the fear of the Lord. The good man's little store, which bears upon it the blessing of the Lord, is better than great treasure and trouble therewith, i.e. with the treasure (Proverbs 16:8; Psalm 37:16). The trouble intended is the care and labour and anxiety attending the pursuit and preservation of wealth. "Much coin, much care" (comp. Ecclesiastes 6:4). It was good advice of the old moralist, "Sis pauper honeste potius quam dives male; Namque hoc fert crimen, illud misericordiam." Vulgate, thesauri magni et insatiabiles, "treasures which satisfy not;" Septuagint, "Great treasures without fear (of the Lord)." Christ's maxim is, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). 15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.
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