Proverbs 15:16-17

16 Better a little with the fear of the LORDthan great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 15:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
ESV
16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.
NLT
16 Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
MSG
16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.
CSB
16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure with turmoil.

Proverbs 15:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST KINGS 5

This chapter relates Solomon's preparation for building the temple: on Hiram, king of Tyre, sending a congratulatory letter to him, he returned another to him, signifying his intention to build an house for God, and requesting him to supply him with timber, and men to work it, 1Ki 5:1-6; to which Hiram readily agreed, and sent him cedar and fir, and Solomon in return sent him food for his household; and things went on very amicably between them, 1Ki 5:7-12; the chapter concludes with an account of Solomon's workmen, where, how, and in what they were employed, 1Ki 5:13-18.

Proverbs 15:16-17 In-Context

14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORDthan great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 17; Psalms 37:16-17; Proverbs 13:8; Proverbs 16:8; Proverbs 17:1; 1 Timothy 6:6
  • 2. S ver 16; Proverbs 17:1; Ecclesiastes 4:6
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