PSALM 37:16



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“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.”

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Psalm 37:16 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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A little מְ֭עַט A little or few (often adverbial or comparative) little
that a righteous man לַצַּדִּ֑יק Just righteous man
hath 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.)
than the riches מֵ֝הֲמ֗וֹן A noise, tumult, crowd; also disquietude, wealth than riches
of many רַבִּֽים׃ Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) many
wicked. רְשָׁעִ֥ים Morally wrong; concretely, an (actively) bad person wicked

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  • 14  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.

  • 15  Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

  • 16  A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

  • 17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous.

  • 18  The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

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