Proverbs 12:9

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Proverbs 12:9  (King James Version)
He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

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Or, rather, as in the old translation "He that is despised, and is his own servant, is better than he that boasteth himself and wanteth bread;" with which the versions generally agree. That is, it is better to be in lowness and obscurity, and to support oneself by manual labour, than to want the necessaries of life, through a foolish vanity, or the pride of birth, which refuses to labour.

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