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Proverbs 16:8

Context
NET ©

Better to have a little with righteousness 1  than to have abundant income without justice. 2 

NIV ©

Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

It is better to be poor and godly than rich and dishonest.

MSG ©

Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.

BBE ©

Better is a little with righteousness, than great wealth with wrongdoing.

NRSV ©

Better is a little with righteousness than large income with injustice.

NKJV ©

Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.


KJV
Better
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[is] a little
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with righteousness
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than great
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revenues
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without right
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NASB ©
Better
<02896>
is a little
<04592>
with righteousness
<06666>
Than
<04480>
great
<07230>
income
<08393>
with injustice
<03808>
<4941>.
HEBREW
jpsm
<04941>
alb
<03808>
twawbt
<08393>
brm
<07230>
hqdub
<06666>
jem
<04592>
bwj (16:8)
<02896>
LXXM
o
<3588
T-NSM
zhtwn
<2212
V-PAPNS
ton
<3588
T-ASM
kurion
<2962
N-ASM
eurhsei
<2147
V-FAI-3S
gnwsin
<1108
N-ASF
meta
<3326
PREP
dikaiosunhv
<1343
N-GSF
oi
<3588
T-NPM
de
<1161
PRT
orywv
<3717
ADV
zhtountev
<2212
V-PAPNP
auton
<846
D-ASM
eurhsousin
<2147
V-FAI-3P
eirhnhn
<1515
N-ASF
NET © [draft] ITL
Better
<02896>
to have a little
<04592>
with righteousness
<06666>
than to have abundant
<07230>
income
<08393>
without
<03808>
justice
<04941>
.
NET ©

Better to have a little with righteousness 1  than to have abundant income without justice. 2 

NET © Notes

sn The lines contrast the modest income with the abundant income; but the real contrast is between righteousness and the lack of justice (or injustice). “Justice” is used for both legal justice and ethical conduct. It is contrasted with righteousness in 12:5 and 21:7; it describes ethical behavior in 21:3. Here the point is that unethical behavior tarnishes the great gain and will be judged by God.

sn This is another “better” saying; between these two things, the first is better. There are other options – such as righteousness with wealth – but the proverb is not concerned with that. A similar saying appears in Amenemope 8:19-20 (ANET 422).



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