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

New Living Translation
Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

English Standard Version
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.

Berean Study Bible
Better a little with righteousness than great gain with injustice.

King James Bible
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

New King James Version
Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

NASB 1995
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

NASB 1977
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

Amplified Bible
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income [gained] with injustice.

Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.

American Standard Version
Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Better is a little in righteousness than a multitude of gain which is not by justice.He that seeks the Lord shall find knowledge with righteousness: and they that rightly seek him shall find peace.

Contemporary English Version
It's better to be honest and poor than to be dishonest and rich.

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.

Good News Translation
It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income, dishonestly gained.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better a few [possessions] gained honestly than many gained through injustice.

International Standard Version
A little gain with righteousness is better than great income without justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a little with righteousness Than great revenues with injustice.

Literal Standard Version
Better [is] a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice.

NET Bible
Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice.

New Heart English Bible
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.

World English Bible
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues with injustice.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, Than abundance of increase without justice.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
7When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even the man’s enemies live at peace with him. 8Better a little with righteousness than great gain with injustice. 9A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.…

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

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

Proverbs 16:7
When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even the man's enemies live at peace with him.

Proverbs 16:9
A man's heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

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


Treasury of Scripture

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

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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 hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

1 Timothy 6:6-9
But godliness with contentment is great gain…

great

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 sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

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









Verse 8. - Better is a little with righteousness (Proverbs 15:16; Psalm 37:16). "Righteousness" may mean here a holy life or just dealing; as without right, or, with injustice, in the second clause, may refer either generally wickedness, or specially to fraud and oppression (Jeremiah 22:13). Says Theognis -

Βούλεο δ εὐσεβέων ὀλίγοις σὺν χρήμασιν οἰκεῖν
Η πλουτεῖν ἀδίκως χρήματα πασάμενος.

"Wish thou with scanty means pious to live,
Rather than rich with large, ill-gotten wealth."
Another maxim says to the same effect -

Λεπτῶς καλῶς ζῇν κρεῖσσον η} λαμπρῶς κακῶς. Septuagint, "Better is small getting (λῆψις) with righteousness, than great revenues with iniquity" (see on Proverbs 15:29).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

with righteousness
בִּצְדָקָ֑ה (biṣ·ḏā·qāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

than great
מֵרֹ֥ב (mê·rōḇ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

gain
תְּ֝בוּא֗וֹת (tə·ḇū·’ō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 8393: Product, revenue

with injustice.
בְּלֹ֣א (bə·lō)
Preposition-b | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no


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