Proverbs 16:8

8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.

Read Proverbs 16:8 Using Other Translations

Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.
Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.

What does Proverbs 16:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.
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