English Standard Version
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
King James Bible
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
American Standard Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
It is better to be humbled with the meek, than to divide spoils with the proud.
English Revised Version
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Webster's Bible Translation
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
History is full of such warning examples, and therefore this proverb continues to hold up the mirror to princes.
Well-pleasing to kings are righteous lips,
And whoever speaketh uprightly is loved.
Rightly the lxx ἀγαπᾶ, individ. plur., instead of the plur. of genus, מלכים; on the contrary, Jerome and Luther give to the sing. the most general subject (one lives), in which case it must be distinctly said, that that preference of the king for the people who speak out the truth, and just what they think, is shared in by every one. צדק, as the property of the שׂפתי, accords with the Arab. ṣidḳ, truth as the property of the lasân (the tongue or speech). ישׁרים, from ישׁר, means recta, as נגידים, principalia, Proverbs 8:6, and ריקים, inania, Proverbs 12:11. ישׁרים, Daniel 11:10, neut. So neut. וישׁר, Psalm 111:8; but is rather, with Hitzig and Riehm, to be read וישׁר. What the proverb ways cannot be meant of all kings, for even the house of David had murderers of prophets, like Manasseh and Joiakim; but in general it is nevertheless true that noble candour, united with true loyalty and pure love to the king and the people, is with kings more highly prized than mean flattery, seeking only its own advantage, and that, though this (flattery) may for a time prevail, yet, at last, fidelity to duty, and respect for truth, gain the victory.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The enemy said, 'I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them. I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.'
Have they not found and divided the spoil?-- A womb or two for every man; spoil of dyed materials for Sisera, spoil of dyed materials embroidered, two pieces of dyed work embroidered for the neck as spoil?'
we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder;
throw in your lot among us; we will all have one purse"--
Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.
One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
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