The Fear of the Lord and the Better Life –1

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it (Prov. 15:16). In this “better” saying, the first word of the verse is the word, “better” (Heb. tob), which means, “gooder” than good. If something is better, it is superior compared to another.

Now the fear of God produces a better life. In Prov. 15:16, the “little” is compared to “great treasure.” The “fear of God” is compared to “trouble.”The word, “trouble” (Heb. mehuma), means, “disturbance” of mind (BDB)–the opposite of peace of mind.  Indeed, more money can disturb your mind!

This implies that the fear of God brings peace of mind. But no fear of God brings turmoil of mind. Fear God, and you have peace of mind even with little money. Do not fear God, and you have turmoil of mind though you have much money.

Therefore, the better life is not in troubled prosperity, but in peaceful piety.

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