Proverbs 12:9

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Proverbs 12:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
ESV
9 Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.
NLT
9 Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.
MSG
9 Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process.
CSB
9 Better to be dishonored, yet have a servant, than to act important but have no food.

Proverbs 12:9 In-Context

7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised.
9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
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