Proverbs 16:19
New International Version
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

New Living Translation
Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.

English Standard Version
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Berean Study Bible
It is better to be lowly in spirit among the humble than to divide the spoil with the proud.

King James Bible
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

New King James Version
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to be humble in spirit with the needy Than to divide the spoils with the proud.

NASB 1995
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

NASB 1977
It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Amplified Bible
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud (haughty, arrogant).

Christian Standard Bible
Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better to be lowly of spirit with the humble than to divide plunder with the proud.

American Standard Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The humble spirit and humble eyes are better than he that divides loot with the mighty.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Better is a meek-spirited man with lowliness, than one who divides spoils with the proud.

Contemporary English Version
You are better off to be humble and poor than to get rich from what you take by force.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.

English Revised Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Good News Translation
It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to be humble with lowly people than to share stolen goods with arrogant people.

International Standard Version
Better to be humble among the poor, than to share what is stolen with the proud.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the humble, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Literal Standard Version
Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.

NET Bible
It is better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to share the spoils with the proud.

New Heart English Bible
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.

World English Bible
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19It is better to be lowly in spirit among the humble than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20Whoever heeds instruction will find success, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.…

Cross References
Exodus 15:9
The enemy declared, 'I will pursue, I will overtake. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword; my hand will destroy them.'

Judges 5:30
Are they not finding and dividing the spoil--a girl or two for each warrior, a plunder of dyed garments for Sisera, the spoil of embroidered garments for the neck of the looter?'

Proverbs 1:13
We will find all manner of precious goods; we will fill our houses with plunder.

Proverbs 1:14
Throw in your lot with us; let us all share one purse"--

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks the mockers, but gives grace to the humble.

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble in spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.


Treasury of Scripture

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

to be

Psalm 34:18
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 138:6
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

Isaiah 57:15
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

than

Exodus 15:9
The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

Isaiah 9:3
Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Isaiah 10:6,13-15
I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets…









Verse 19. - This verse is connected in thought, as well as verbally, with the preceding. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly. The Revised Version has, with the poor; but "meek" or "lowly" better contrasts with "proud" of the second clause. Psalm 84:10, "I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." Than to divide the spoil with the proud. To share in the fruits of the operations and pursuits of the proud, and to enjoy their pleasures, a man must cast in his lot with them, uudergo their risks and anxieties, and participate in the crimes by which they gain their wealth. The result of such association was told in ver. 18. The Germans express the connection between abundance and folly by the terse apothegm, "Voll, toll;" "Full, fool." Septuagint, "Better is the man of gentle mind with humility, than he who divideth spoil with the violent."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
It is better
ט֣וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to be lowly
שְׁפַל־ (šə·p̄al-)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 8217: Depressed

in spirit
ר֭וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

among
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

the humble
עֲנָוִ֑ים (‘ă·nā·wîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

than to divide
מֵֽחַלֵּ֥ק (mê·ḥal·lêq)
Preposition-m | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2505: To be smooth, to apportion, separate

the spoil
שָׁ֝לָ֗ל (lāl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7998: A prey, spoil, plunder, booty

with
אֶת־ (’eṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

the proud.
גֵּאִֽים׃ (gê·’îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 1343: Lofty, arrogant


Jump to Previous
Apportion Better Divide Gentle Humble Humility Lowly Meek Oppressed Part Plunder Poor Pride Proud Rewards Share Spirit Spoil War
Jump to Next
Apportion Better Divide Gentle Humble Humility Lowly Meek Oppressed Part Plunder Poor Pride Proud Rewards Share Spirit Spoil War
Links
Proverbs 16:19 NIV
Proverbs 16:19 NLT
Proverbs 16:19 ESV
Proverbs 16:19 NASB
Proverbs 16:19 KJV

Proverbs 16:19 BibleApps.com
Proverbs 16:19 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 16:19 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 16:19 French Bible
Proverbs 16:19 Clyx Quotations

OT Poetry: Proverbs 16:19 It is better to be (Prov. Pro Pr)
Proverbs 16:18
Top of Page
Top of Page