One of the things I love doing during my bible reading and copying is study a particular word. Whenever a word stands out, I love seeing its use from Genesis to Revelation. The word that stood out for me today was, “Better.” A small word but with some very big contrasts and truths. Here are a few from Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
Psa. 37:16 Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked;
Psa. 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psa. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
Prov. 8:19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
Prov. 12:9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
Prov. 15:16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil. 17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Prov. 16:8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
Prov. 16:16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
Prov. 16:19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.
Prov. 16:32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
Prov. 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
Prov. 19:22 What a man desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar.
Prov. 21:9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Prov. 21:19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
Prov. 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Prov. 25:24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Prov. 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Eccl. 2:13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness.
Eccl. 2:24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,
Eccl. 4:6 Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
Eccl. 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
Eccl. 4:13 Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning.
Eccl. 7:1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth. 2 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.
Eccl. 7:5 It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.
So many of these stood out for me and helped me narrow my focus and pursuits. Which ones were helpful to you?