Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.
This is a concept that the evil men of the previous proverb would not understand. To them, and to most people, being rich is what matters. The wicked are blatant about this and thus will commit crime with impunity to get money. Most will do whatever is within “reasonable” bounds to attain wealth. What happens is that their greed inevitably corrupts them.
The blessing of the poor man who walks in his integrity is the very integrity itself. It provides him with peace of mind. It protects him from the anxiety of having to hold onto his riches or keep up with his neighbor. It allows him to focus on real pleasures, such as enjoying good relationships. He has clearer perspective about what matters. Most importantly, he is in good standing with his Maker and gains eternal riches (understanding that walking in integrity is walking in Christ).
The crooked rich man has only momentary pleasure in his riches, which he has to continually protect. He cannot be sure of his friends, nor can they trust him. It is difficult for him to see what is truly good. He is blind to his need for God. When he dies, he loses all. Pray for the crooked rich who are the poorest on earth.