Proverbs 28:6
New International Version
Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

New Living Translation
Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.

English Standard Version
Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

Berean Study Bible
Better a poor man who walks with integrity than a rich man whose ways are perverse.

King James Bible
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

New King James Version
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity, Than a person who is crooked, though he is rich.

NASB 1995
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

NASB 1977
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, Than he who is crooked though he be rich.

Amplified Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked and two-faced though he is rich.

Christian Standard Bible
Better the poor person who lives with integrity than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a poor man who lives with integrity than a rich man who distorts right and wrong.

American Standard Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The poor walks in integrity and the rich perverts his way.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A poor man walking in truth is better than a rich liar.

Contemporary English Version
It's better to be poor and live right, than to be rich and dishonest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is the poor man walking in his simplicity, than the rich in crooked ways.

English Revised Version
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Good News Translation
Better to be poor and honest than rich and dishonest.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to be a poor person who has integrity than to be rich and double-dealing.

International Standard Version
It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Literal Standard Version
Better [is] the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse of ways who is rich.

NET Bible
A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.

New Heart English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.

World English Bible
Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his ways, and he is rich.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the poor walking in his integrity, Than the perverse of ways who is rich.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Boldness of the Righteous
5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD comprehend fully. 6Better a poor man who walks with integrity than a rich man whose ways are perverse. 7A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.…

Cross References
Proverbs 14:2
He who walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.

Proverbs 19:1
Better a poor man who walks with integrity than a fool whose lips are perverse.


Treasury of Scripture

Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Proverbs 28:18
Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

Proverbs 16:8
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Proverbs 19:1,22
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool…









(6) Better is the poor that walketh . . .--A variation of Proverbs 19:1.

Perverse in his ways.--According to the pointing of the text the words signify, "perverse in two ways." That is, the sinner tries to "go two ways" (Ecclesiasticus 2:12); to follow his own way without entirely deserting God's; to "serve God and mammon;" he is "double-minded" (James 1:8), instead of setting before himself God's will as the guide of his life.

Verse 6. - This is almost the same as Proverbs 19:1, but varies a little in the second hemistich: than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. The Hebrew literally is, perverse of two ways; i.e. who, going one way, pretends to go another; the "two ways" being the evil which he really pursues, and the good which he feigns to follow. Delitzsch calls him "a double-going deceiver." So Siracides imprecates, "Woe to the sinner that goeth two ways" (Ecclus. 2:12). "A double-minded man," says St James (James 1:8), "is unstable in all his ways." It is not the endeavouring to serve God and mammon at the same time that is meant, but putting on the appearance of religion to mask wicked designs - in the present case in order to gain wealth. Septuagint, "A poor man walking in truth is better than a rich liar."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Better
טֽוֹב־ (ṭō·wḇ-)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

a poor man
רָ֭שׁ (rāš)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7326: To be in want or poor

who walks
הוֹלֵ֣ךְ (hō·w·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

with integrity
בְּתֻמּ֑וֹ (bə·ṯum·mōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 8537: Completeness, integrity, also part of the high priest's breastplate

than a rich man
עָשִֽׁיר׃ (‘ā·šîr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6223: Rich

whose ways
דְּ֝רָכַ֗יִם (də·rā·ḵa·yim)
Noun - cd
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

are perverse.
מֵעִקֵּ֥שׁ (mê·‘iq·qêš)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6141: Twisted, perverted


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