16 Better a little with fear of Hashem Than great wealth with confusion.
tov m’-AT b’-yir-AT a-do-NAI may-o-TZAR RAV um-HU-mah VO
טז טוֹב־מְעַט בְּיִרְאַת יְהֹוָה מֵאוֹצָר רָב וּמְהוּמָה בוֹ׃
15:16 Better a little with fear of Hashem
Shlomo presents the reader an understanding of true value. It is better to have only a little, accompanied by faith in Hashem, than to have much wealth, but suffer from inner turmoil and doubt. This eternal truth is especially evident in today’s celebrity culture, where so many people who seem to have it all suffer publicly from depression and family instability. In contrast to the constant and empty pursuit of fame and fortune, King Shlomo teaches “better a little with fear of Hashem.”