What does Proverbs 15:16 really mean?
Proverbs 15:16 (NIRV)
16 It is better to have respect for the Lord and have little than to
be rich and have trouble.
Proverbs 15:16 (NABRE)
16 [a]Better a little with fear of the Lord than a great fortune
with anxiety. Does Proverbs 15:16 really say that great wealth brings
with it the anxiety of possibly losing it?
The answer is Yes:
“Confusion,” that is, anxiety and restless striving and struggling, results when the Creator is ignored and the pursuit of material possessions becomes the prime goal in life. Then, once a person’s energies are used up in such “confusion” and his life is slipping away, his course is shown up to be empty, meaningless. He has no idea as to what will come of the things that he has piled up through his restless toiling.
The most valuable possession in a persons' life, should be his fine relationship with his creator, "Better is a little (wealth) with fear of [that is, a wholesome regard/respect for] Lord," says the Bible, "than a great fortune with anxiety "(Prov. 15:16.NABRE)
Jesus said, "Happy are the poor in spirit".(Mat 5:3) To ignore God and to pursue material wealth and possessions as a chief goal in life is foolish, it is tiresome and the root of a great deal of anxiety.