Proverbs 16:19
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New International Version
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Better is it to be of a humble spirit with the meek, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

World English Bible
It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, than to divide the plunder with the proud.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is humility of spirit with the poor, Than to apportion spoil with the proud.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Pride goeth before destruction - Here pride is personified: it walks along, and has destruction in its train.

And a haughty spirit before a fall - Another personification. A haughty spirit marches on, and ruin comes after.

In this verse we find the following Masoretic note in most Hebrew Bibles. חצי הספר chatsi hassepher: "the middle of the book." This verse is the middle verse; and the first clause makes the middle of the words of the book of Proverbs.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Psalm 34:18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the proud he knows afar off.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 1:51-53 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts...

Luke 18:13,14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying...

than

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied on them; I will draw my sword...

Isaiah 9:3 You have multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before you according to the joy in harvest...

Isaiah 10:6,13-15 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil...

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong...

Library
April 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
'All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.'--PROVERBS xvi. 2. 'All the ways of a man'--then there is no such thing as being conscious of having gone wrong, and having got into miry and foul ways? Of course there is; and equally of course a broad statement such as this of my text is not to be pressed into literal accuracy, but is a simple, general assertion of what we all know to be true, that we have a strange power of blinding ourselves as to what is wrong
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
It is here that true abandonment and consecration to God should commence, by our being deeply convinced that all which happens to us moment by moment is the will of God, and therefore all that is necessary to us. This conviction will render us contented with everything, and will make us see the commonest events in God, and not in the creature. I beg of you, whoever you may be, who are desirous of giving yourselves to God, not to take yourselves back when once you are given to Him, and to remember
Jeanne Marie Bouvières—A Short Method Of Prayer And Spiritual Torrents

The Providence of God
Q-11: WHAT ARE GOD'S WORKS OF PROVIDENCE? A: God's works of providence are the acts of his most holy, wise, and powerful government of his creatures, and of their actions. Of the work of God's providence Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto and I work.' John 5:17. God has rested from the works of creation, he does not create any new species of things. He rested from all his works;' Gen 2:2; and therefore it must needs be meant of his works of providence: My Father worketh and I work.' His kingdom
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Exodus 15:9
The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.'

Judges 5:30
Are they not finding and dividing the spoils: a woman or two for each man, colorful garments as plunder for Sisera, colorful garments embroidered, highly embroidered garments for my neck-- all this as plunder?'

Proverbs 1:13
we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

Proverbs 1:14
cast lots with us; we will all share the loot"--

Proverbs 3:34
He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.

Proverbs 29:23
Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.

Isaiah 57:15
For this is what the high and exalted One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

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