Proverbs 16:8

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

Proverbs 16:8 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 16:8

Better [is] a little with righteousness
Gotten in a righteous way, held by a righteous claim, used in a righteous manner, attended with a life of righteousness and holiness; and also along with an interest in the righteousness of Christ, which renders acceptable unto God, yields peace and comfort, and entitles to eternal glory and happiness. A truly righteous man may have but little of this world's goods; but his small pittance is better than great revenues without right;
obtained in an unjust way; detained from the right owner of them, and used in an unrighteous manner, in a course of sin and wickedness: or, "without judgment" F5; how to make use of them aright, and without a righteousness that will justify them at the day of judgment; (See Gill on Proverbs 15:16). A little the true church of Christ enjoys in the wilderness; having Christ and his grace, Christ and his righteousness, is better than all the revenues of the church of Rome gotten by the unlawful methods they are; and which, in one hour will come to nought, ( Revelation 18:17 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (jpvm alb) "absque judicio", Pagninus, Montanus.

Proverbs 16:8 In-Context

6 Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.
7 When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
8 Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.
9 We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously
10 A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit.
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