Proverbs 15:17
New International Version
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

New Living Translation
A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

English Standard Version
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

Berean Study Bible
Better a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred.

King James Bible
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Christian Standard Bible
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.

Contemporary English Version
A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred.

Good News Translation
Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.

International Standard Version
A vegetarian meal served with love is better than a big, thick steak with a plateful of animosity.

NET Bible
Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox where there is hatred.

New Heart English Bible
Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, than a fattened calf with hatred.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Better is a meal of vegetables and the love of The Name, than Fattened oxen with hatred.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to have a dish of vegetables where there is love than juicy steaks where there is hate.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

New American Standard 1977
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted calf and hatred therewith.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted ox with hatred.

American King James Version
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

American Standard Version
Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Better is an entertainment of herbs with friendliness and kindness, than a feast of calves, with enmity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to be invited to herbs with love, than to a fatted calf with hatred.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a meal of herbs where love is, than a fatted ox and hatred therewith.

English Revised Version
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred with it.

World English Bible
Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, than a fattened calf with hatred.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is an allowance of green herbs and love there, Than a fatted ox, and hatred with it.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
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. 18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger calms dispute.…
Cross References
Matthew 22:4
Again, he sent other servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fatlings have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

Luke 15:23
Bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let us feast and celebrate.

Proverbs 17:1
Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 17:1
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Proverbs 21:19
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Psalm 133:1
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!







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

a dish
אֲרֻחַ֣ת (’ă·ru·ḥaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 737: A meal, allowance

of vegetables
יָ֭רָק (yā·rāq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3419: Green, a vegetable

where
שָׁ֑ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

there is love
וְאַהֲבָה־ (wə·’a·hă·ḇāh-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 160: Love (noun)

than a fattened
אָ֝ב֗וּס (’ā·ḇūs)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 75: To feed, fatten

ox
מִשּׁ֥וֹר (miš·šō·wr)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)

with hatred.
וְשִׂנְאָה־ (wə·śin·’āh-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8135: Hating, hatred
Verse 17. - Better is a dinner (portion) of herbs where love is. A dish of vegetables would be the common meal, whereas flesh would be reserved for festive occasions. Where love presides, the simplest food is cheerfully received, and contentment and happiness abound (Proverbs 17:1). Lesetre quotes Horace's invitation to his friend Torquatus ('Epist.,' 1:5. 1) -

"Si potes Archiacis conviva recumbere lectis,
Nec modica cenare times olus omne patella,
Supreme te sole domi, Torquate, manebo."


"If, dear Torquatus, you can rest your head
On couches such as homely Archias made,
Nor on a dish of simple pot herbs frown,
I shall expect you as the sun goes down."


(Howes.) So the old jingle -

"Cum dat oluscula menes minuscula pace quieta,
Ne pete grandia lautaque prandia lite repleta."
A stalled ox is one taken up out of the pasture and fatted for the table. Thus we read (1 Kings 4:23) that part of Solomon's provision for one day was ten fat oxen and twenty oxen out of the pastures; and the prophets speak of "calves of the stall" (Amos 6:4; Malachi 4:2; comp. Luke 15:23). The fat beef implies a sumptuous and magnificent entertainment; but such a feast is little worth if accompanied with feelings of hatred, jealousy, and ill will. This and the preceding verse emphasize and explain ver. 15. 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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