Monday, December 19, 2011

The Better Proverbs

I've always been intrigued by the "better than" sayings in Proverbs.  They put matters in perspective and help us to value things that we tend to overlook in our striving to obtain something else that often isn't as good.

Below are some of these proverbs.  I'll post some more tomorrow.

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant
than pretend to be somebody and have no food.  (12:9)

Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.  (15:16)

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.  (15:17)

Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.  (16:8)

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to choose understanding rather than silver!  (16:16)

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.  (16:19)

Better a patient man than a warrior,
a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.  (16:32)

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.  (17:1)

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his folly.  (17:12)

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