'Better' in the Bible
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man. Abide with me.
Is not this the word that we spake unto thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it were better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
And wherefore doth Jehovah bring us unto this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be a prey: were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
And he said unto them, What have I now done in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, that all the sons of Jerubbaal, who are threescore and ten persons, rule over you, or that one rule over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.
And now art thou anything better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever fight against them?
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of life, and a nourisher of thine old age, for thy daughter-in-law, who loveth thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.
And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
And Samuel said, Hath Jehovah as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
And Samuel said unto him, Jehovah hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbor of thine, that is better than thou.
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.
And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it were better for me to be there still. Now therefore let me see the king's face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him kill me.
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For Jehovah had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that Jehovah might bring evil upon Absalom.
But the people said, Thou shalt not go forth: for if we flee away, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us: but thou art worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that thou be ready to succor us out of the city.
And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, saying, Thy God make the name of Solomon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne: and the king bowed himself upon the bed.
And Jehovah will return his blood upon his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, and my father David knew it not, to wit , Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper-tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough; now, O Jehovah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house; and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it: or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
but hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot, like as the house of Ahab did, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, who were better than thyself:
If it please the king, let there go forth a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, that Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she.
Better is a little that the righteous hath Than the abundance of many wicked.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise thee.
And it will please Jehovah better than an ox, Or a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
It is better to take refuge in Jehovah Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to take refuge in Jehovah Than to put confidence in princes.
The law of thy mouth is better unto me Than thousands of gold and silver.
For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.
For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; And my revenue than choice silver.
Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread.
Better is little, with the fear of Jehovah, Than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Better is a dinner of herbs, where love is, Than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Better is a little, with righteousness, Than great revenues with injustice.
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! Yea, to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver.
Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity Than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
That which maketh a man to be desired is his kindness; And a poor man is better than a liar.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.
It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.
For better is it that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, Than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom thine eyes have seen.
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.
Better is open rebuke Than love that is hidden.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; And go not to thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: Better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God.
I know that there is nothing better for them, than to rejoice, and to do good so long as they live.
Wherefore I saw that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him back to see what shall be after him?
yea, better than them both did I esteem him that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and striving after wind.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God; for to draw nigh to hear is better than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they know not that they do evil.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul be not filled with good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he:
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
Seeing there are many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be joyful: for that shall abide with him in his labor all the days of his life which God hath given him under the sun.
For to him that is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroyeth much good.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; For thy love is better than wine.
How fair is thy love, my sister, my bride! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine oils than all manner of spices!
Unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger; For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
and I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited after your former estate, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.
And in every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his realm.
And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines: are they better than these kingdoms? or is their border greater than your border?
Therefore now, O Jehovah, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
And it came to pass, when the sun arose, that God prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
Art thou better than No-amon, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about her; whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was of the sea?
And whosoever shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it were better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin;
But if they have not continency, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
So then both he that giveth his own virgin daughter in marriage doeth well; and he that giveth her not in marriage shall do better.
But food will not commend us to God: neither, if we eat not, are we the worse; nor, if we eat, are we the better.
But in giving you this charge, I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better but for the worse.
But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:
doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;
having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak:
But without any dispute the less is blessed of the better.
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God.
by so much also hath Jesus become the surety of a better covenant.
But now hath he obtained a ministry the more excellent, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which hath been enacted upon better promises.
It was necessary therefore that the copies of the things in the heavens should be cleansed with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For ye both had compassion on them that were in bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of you possessions, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one.
But now they desire a better country , that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city.
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