37:16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than
the wealth of many evil men, 1
but the Lord sustains 3 the godly.
and they possess a permanent inheritance. 5
when famine comes they will have enough to eat. 7
and those who hunger he has filled with food. 9
1 tn Heb “Better [is] a little to the godly one than the wealth of many evil ones.” The following verses explain why this is true. Though a godly individual may seem to have only meager possessions, he always has what he needs and will eventually possess the land. The wicked may prosper for a brief time, but will eventually be destroyed by divine judgment and lose everything.
2 tn Heb “for the arms of the evil ones will be broken.”
3 tn The active participle here indicates this is characteristically true.
4 tn Heb “the
5 tn Heb “and their inheritance is forever.”
6 tn Heb “in a time of trouble.”
7 tn Heb “in days of famine they will be satisfied.”
8 tn Heb “[the] longing throat.” The noun נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh), which frequently refers to one’s very being or soul, here probably refers to one’s parched “throat” (note the parallelism with נֶפֱשׁ רְעֵבָה, nefesh rÿ’evah, “hungry throat”).
9 tn Heb “and [the] hungry throat he has filled [with] good.”