'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 what we told thee in Egypt, when we said, Let us alone, and we will serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.
And why is Jehovah bringing us to this land that we may fall by the sword, that our wives and our little ones may become a prey? Is it not better for us to return to Egypt?
And he said to them, "What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of E'phraim better than the vintage of Abi-e'zer?
"Say in the ears of all the citizens of Shechem, 'Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubba'al rule over you, or that one rule over you?' Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh."
Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever strive against Israel, or did he ever go to war with them?
And they said to him, "Keep quiet, put your hand upon your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and family in Israel?"
And he shall be to thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age; for thy daughter-in-law who loves thee, who is better to thee than seven sons, has borne him.
And Elkanah her husband said to 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, Has Jehovah delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices, As in hearkening to the voice of Jehovah? Behold, obedience is better than sacrifice, Attention than the fat of rams.
Then Samuel said to him, Jehovah has rent the kingdom of Israel from thee to-day, and has given it to thy neighbour, who is better than thou.
And the princes of the Philistines went forth; and it came to pass, whenever they went forth, that David succeeded better than all the servants of Saul; and his name was much esteemed.
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 speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me to seek me any more within all the limits of Israel, and I shall escape out of his hand.
And Absalom said to Joab, Behold, I sent to thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Why am I come from Geshur? it would have been better for me to be there still. And now let me see the king's face; and if there be iniquity in me, let him slay me.
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. And Jehovah had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, in order that Jehovah might bring evil upon Absalom.
But the people said, Thou shalt not go forth, for if we should in any case flee, they will not care for us; neither if half of us die, will they care for us; for thou art worth ten thousand of us; and now it is better that thou succour us out of the city.
And Jehovah shall requite the blood which he shed upon his own head, because he fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, without my father David's knowledge: Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah.
And he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a certain broom-bush, and requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough: now, Jehovah, take my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
And Ahab spoke to Naboth saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, for it is near, by the side of my house; and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; if it seem good to thee, I will give thee its value in money.
Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them and be clean? And 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 commit fornication, like the fornications of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren, thy father's house who were better than thyself:
If it please the king, let a royal order go forth from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it may not pass, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate to another that is better than she;
The little that the righteous hath is better than the abundance of many wicked;
For thy loving-kindness is better than life: my lips shall praise thee.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
It is better to trust in Jehovah than to put confidence in man;
It is better to trust in Jehovah than to put confidence in nobles.
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
For the gain thereof is better than the gain of silver, and her revenue than fine gold.
for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not equal to it.
My fruit is better than fine gold, yea, than pure gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Better is little with the fear of Jehovah than great store and disquietude therewith.
Better is a meal of herbs where love is, than a fatted ox and hatred therewith.
Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.
How much better is it to get wisdom than fine gold, and the getting of intelligence to be preferred to silver!
Better is it to be of a humble spirit with the meek, 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 a poor man that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
The charm of a man is his kindness; and a poor man is better than a liar.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.
It is better to dwell in a desert land. than with a contentious and irritable woman.
for better it is 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 see.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.
Open rebuke is better than hidden love.
Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; and go not into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse, double in ways, though he be rich.
And I have seen that there is nothing better than that man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion; for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full with labour and pursuit of the wind.
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth no more how to be admonished.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
If a man beget a hundred sons, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, but his soul be not filled with good, and also he have no burial, I say an untimely birth is better than he.
Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.
A good name is better than precious ointment, 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: in that that is the end of all men, and the living taketh it to heart.
Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise, than to hear the song of fools.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning; better is a patient spirit than a proud spirit.
Say not, How is it that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.
And I commended mirth, because there is nothing better for man under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry; for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun.
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength; but the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
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 spouse! How much better is thy love than wine! And the fragrance of thine ointments than all spices!
even unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
And I will multiply upon you man and beast, and they shall increase and bring forth fruit; and I will cause you to be inhabited as in your former times, yea, I will make it better than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.
And in all matters of judicious wisdom, as to which the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the scribes and magicians that were in all his realm.
And she shall pursue after her lovers, and shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, and shall not find them: and she shall say, I will go and return to my first husband, for then was it better with me than now.
Pass unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go to Hamath the great; and go down to Gath of the Philistines: are they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
And now, 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, so that he fainted; and he 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 of the sea was her wall?
Fear not therefore; ye are better than many sparrows.
How much better then is a man than a sheep! So that it is lawful to do well on the sabbath.
And whosoever shall be a snare to one of the little ones who believe in me, it were better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck, and he cast into the sea.
And if thy hand serve as a snare to thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having thy two hands to go away into hell, into the fire unquenchable;
And if thy foot serve as a snare to thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life lame, than having thy two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire unquenchable;
And if thine eye serve as a snare to thee, cast it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire,
And no one having drunk old wine straightway wishes for new, for he says, The old is better.
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, ye are better than many sparrows.
Consider the ravens, that they sow not nor reap; which have neither storehouse nor granary; and God feeds them. How much better are ye than the birds?
He inquired therefore from them the hour at which he got better. And they said to him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
But it was Caiaphas who counselled the Jews that it was better that one man should perish for the people.
What then? are we better? No, in no wise: for we have before charged both Jews and Greeks with being all under sin:
But if they have not control over themselves, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn.
So that he that marries himself does well; and he that does not marry does better.
But in prescribing to you on this which I now enter on, I do not praise, namely, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse.
But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, for it is very much better,
taking a place by so much better than the angels, as he inherits a name more excellent than they.
But we are persuaded concerning you, beloved, better things, and connected with salvation, even if we speak thus.
But beyond all gainsaying, the inferior is blessed by the better.
(for the law perfected nothing,) and the introduction of a better hope by which we draw nigh to God.
by so much Jesus became surety of a better covenant.
But now he has got a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is mediator of a better covenant, which is established on the footing of better promises.
But Christ being come high priest of the good things to come, by the better and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, (that is, not of this creation,)
It was necessary then that the figurative representations of the things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with sacrifices better than these.
For ye both sympathised with prisoners and accepted with joy the plunder of your goods, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better substance, and an abiding one.
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