Psalm 37:16
New International Version
Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

New Living Translation
It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.

English Standard Version
Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

Berean Study Bible
Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many who are wicked.

King James Bible
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

New King James Version
A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

NASB 1995
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

NASB 1977
Better is the little of the righteous Than the abundance of many wicked.

Amplified Bible
Better is the little of the righteous [who seek the will of God] Than the abundance (riches) of many wicked (godless).

Christian Standard Bible
The little that the righteous person has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The little that the righteous man has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.

American Standard Version
Better is a little that the righteous hath Than the abundance of many wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A little that a righteous one has is better than the many possessions of the wicked

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A little is better to the righteous than abundant wealth of sinners.

Contemporary English Version
It is better to live right and be poor than to be sinful and rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a little to the just, than the great riches of the wicked.

English Revised Version
Better is a little that the righteous hath than the abundance of many wicked.

Good News Translation
The little that a good person owns is worth more than the wealth of all the wicked,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The little that the righteous person has is better than the wealth of many wicked people.

International Standard Version
Better is the little that the righteous have than the abundance of many wicked people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a little that the righteous hath Than the abundance of many wicked.

Literal Standard Version
Better [is] the little of the righteous, Than the store of many wicked.

NET Bible
The little bit that a godly man owns is better than the wealth of many evil men,

New Heart English Bible
Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked.

World English Bible
Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the little of the righteous, Than the store of many wicked.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do Not Envy Those who Do Wrong
15But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. 16Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many who are wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.…

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

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

Jeremiah 35:9
Nor have we built houses in which to live, and we have not owned any vineyards or fields or crops.


Treasury of Scripture

A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

Proverbs 3:33
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

Proverbs 13:25
The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

Proverbs 15:16,17
Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith…









(16) A little.--A natural reflection, when it is remembered that great riches bring corresponding cares (Proverbs 15:16), and often lead to ruinous indulgence and luxury (Proverbs 13:25; Job 20:12.) Besides, the contentment which is often enjoyed in virtuous poverty seldom dwells with the mammon of unrighteousness.

Verse 16. - A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked (comp. Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 16:8).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

of the righteous
לַצַּדִּ֑יק (laṣ·ṣad·dîq)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

than the abundance
מֵ֝הֲמ֗וֹן (mê·hă·mō·wn)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1995: A noise, tumult, crowd, disquietude, wealth

of many
רַבִּֽים׃ (rab·bîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

wicked.
רְשָׁעִ֥ים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person


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