King James Bible A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Christian Standard Bible A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.
Contemporary English Version A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold. Good News Translation If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.
Holman Christian Standard Bible A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold. International Standard Version A good reputation is more desirable than great wealth, and favorable acceptance more than silver and gold.
New International Version A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. New Living Translation Choose a good . “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor That may be true but a good name still provides more value than money.
NET Bible A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold. New Heart English Bible A good name is more desirable than great riches, and loving favor is better than silver and gold. Aramaic Bible in Plain English The Name is better than great wealth, and compassion is better than gold or silver. Respect is better than silver or gold.
JPS Tanakh A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favour rather than silver and gold. The only thing that will be going over to the other side is your soul and spirit once it pulls up out of your earthly body.
From there, if you are a Christian, you will then enter into heaven and you will then come before Jesus at His Judgment Seat where He will then do a full review of your life. The Bible says that Jesus will then be rewarding us up in heaven according to the good works we had done for Him while down here on this earth.
A good name [earned by honorable behavior, godly wisdom, moral courage, and personal integrity] is more desirable than great riches; And favor is better than silver and gold. Naked you came into this world and naked you will go out of this world. If we can let God mold and shape us into the true saints He wants us to become in Him in this life, then we will be able to leave this life having a good name, just like the above verse is telling us to do. Rather than wealth, choose a good reputation, esteem over silver and gold. Eerdmans,
So knowing this is how it will all end up for us as Christians, we all need to do an occasional review of our life from time to time so we can make sure that we are always staying on the right path with God and not straying off into areas that He would not want us to be going into in this life. We also need to make sure that we always keep all of our priorities straight so we can stay on top of our game with the Lord and not miss out on any of the good blessings He will want to pass our way in this life. My brothers and I live in the United States. God has blessed our country with incredible wealth and riches over the years.
However, with all of these kinds of material blessings from the Lord, it becomes very easy for many to get off center with the Lord and start focusing and chasing after all the wrong things in this life.
And this is where the above verse is now going to come into major play. With our country having so much material wealth to play with and go after, many people end up spending the rest of their earthly lives chasing after all of this material wealth and trying to acquire as much of it as they can before they die and cross over.
However, sooner or later all of these people will eventually die and once again, absolutely nothing they have acquired and earned in this life will be going with them to the other side. And this will now bring us right into the real heart of the above verse. Notice this verse is telling us that it is better to live for having a good name in this life rather than to chase after all of the material wealth of this world. Because when someone dies and all of their friends and family are attending their funeral service paying their last respects, what is the number one thing most people will remember about the one who has just passed away?
The number one thing they will remember and take away with them is what kind of person they were and how well they had treated other people in this life.
They will not remember all of the riches and wealth they may have accumulated. If that person ends up dying with a good name, then people will have good, loving, and fond memories of that person and those memories will last forever.
If that person was a mean, spiteful, and selfish person who cared about no one else but themselves, then people will walk away with negative memories and they will be glad this person will no longer be living among them. How many times have you seen this at a funeral service when friends and family would get up to speak about the one who has just passed away, how they will always talk about what kind of person they were.
This is always the first thing most people will talk about when they are talking about someone who has just passed away. And what is most important in this life is that we try and become the best person we can in Him through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. If we can let God mold and shape us into the true saints He wants us to become in Him in this life, then we will be able to leave this life having a good name, just like the above verse is telling us to do.
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