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“Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

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Proverbs 15:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Better טוֹב Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) Better
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
little מְ֭עַט A little or few (often adverbial or comparative) little
with the fear בְּיִרְאַ֣ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of the Lord יְהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
than great רָ֝֗ב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) than great
treasure מֵאוֹצָ֥ר A depository treasure
and trouble וּמְה֥וּמָה Confusion or uproar trouble
therewith. וּמְה֥וּמָה Confusion or uproar therewith

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  • 14  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

  • 15  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

  • 16  Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.

  • 17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

  • 18  A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.


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