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Proverbs 15:16


Better 1  is little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth and turmoil 2  with it. 3 


Ps 37:16; Pr 10:22; Pr 16:8; Pr 28:6; Ec 2:10,11,18-23; Ec 5:10-12; 1Ti 6:6

NET © Notes

sn One of the frequent characteristics of wisdom literature is the “better” saying; it is a comparison of different but similar things to determine which is to be preferred. These two verses focus on spiritual things being better than troubled material things.

sn Turmoil refers to anxiety; the fear of the Lord alleviates anxiety, for it brings with it contentment and confidence.

sn Not all wealth has turmoil with it. But the proverb is focusing on the comparison of two things – fear of the Lord with little and wealth with turmoil. Between these two, the former is definitely better.

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