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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Standard Version
A little gain with righteousness is better than great income 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Better is a little in righteousness than a multitude of gain which is not by justice.

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

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

New American Standard 1977
Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Better is a little with righteousness than a great number of fruits with injustice.

King James 2000 Bible
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without justice.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a little with justice, than great revenues with iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

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.
Study Bible
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 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…

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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?







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

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

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

with injustice.
בְּלֹ֣א (bə·lō)
Preposition-b | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no
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). 16:4. God makes use of the wicked to execute righteous vengeance on each other; and he will be glorified by their destruction at last. 5. Though sinners strengthen themselves and one another, they shall not escape God's judgments. 6. By the mercy and truth of God in Christ Jesus, the sins of believers are taken away, and the power of sin is broken. 7. He that has all hearts in his hand, can make a man's enemies to be at peace with him. 8. A small estate, honestly come by, will turn to better account than a great estate ill-gotten. 9. If men make God's glory their end, and his will their rule, he will direct their steps by his Spirit and grace. 10. Let kings and judges of the earth be just, and rule in the fear of God. 11. To observe justice in dealings between man and man is God's appointment.
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