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Proverbs 12:9

Better to be lowly and have a servant

than to play the great man and lack bread.

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Proverbs 12:9 — The New International Version (NIV)

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant

than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

Proverbs 12:9 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better

Than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Proverbs 12:9 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Better to be an ordinary person with a servant

than to be self-important but have no food.

Proverbs 12:9 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,

Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.

Proverbs 12:9 — New Century Version (NCV)

A person who is not important but has a servant is better off

than someone who acts important but has no food.

Proverbs 12:9 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant,

Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread.

Proverbs 12:9 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Proverbs 12:9 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Better to be unimportant and have a slave 

than to act important and have nothing to eat. 

Proverbs 12:9 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Better to be dishonored, yet have a servant,

than to act important but have no food.

Proverbs 12:9 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Better to be despised and have a servant,

than to be self-important and lack food.

Proverbs 12:9 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

It is better to be lowly and a servant to someone

than self-glorifying and lacking food.

Proverbs 12:9 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Being nobody and having a servant

is better than pretending to be somebody and having no food.

Proverbs 12:9 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant

Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.