16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;

Other Translations of Psalm 37:16

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

16 Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.

The Message

16 Less is more and more is less. One righteous will outclass fifty wicked,

New King James Version

16 A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.

New Living Translation

16 It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 37:16

Commentary on Psalm 37:7-20

(Read Psalm 37:7-20)

Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work for good to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see in this world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to many temptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allotted to the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable than the ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from a hand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, not only for his working servants, but for his waiting servants. They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peace with God, and then peace in God; that peace which the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows the believer's days. Not one day's work shall go unrewarded. Their time on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered; but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a real support to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rock of ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of their broken reeds.