Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks bread.

New American Standard Bible

Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.

King James Version

He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

Holman Bible

Better to be dishonored, yet have a servant,
than to act important but have no food.

International Standard Version

It's better to be unimportant, yet have a servant, than to pretend to be important, but lack food.

American Standard Version

Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread.

Amplified


Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant,
Than he who [boastfully] honors himself [pretending to be what he is not] and lacks bread.

Bible in Basic English

He who is of low position and has a servant, is better than one who has a high opinion of himself and is in need of bread.

Darby Translation

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

Julia Smith Translation

He is good being despised, and a servant to him above him, honoring himself, and wanting bread.

King James 2000

He that is despised, and has a servant, is better than he that honors himself, and lacks bread.

Lexham Expanded Bible

It is better to be lowly and a servant {to someone} than self-glorifying and lacking food.

Modern King James verseion

Better is one despised, and having a servant, than he honoring himself and lacks bread.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A simple man which laboureth and worketh, is better than one that is gorgeous and lacketh bread.

NET Bible

Better is a person of humble standing who nevertheless has a servant, than one who pretends to be somebody important yet has no food.

New Heart English Bible

Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks bread.

The Emphasized Bible

Better slighted, and have a servant, than to honour oneself, and come short of bread.

Webster

He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoreth himself, and is destitute of bread.

World English Bible

Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks bread.

Youngs Literal Translation

Better is the lightly esteemed who hath a servant, Than the self-honoured who lacketh bread.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
He that is despised
קלה 
Qalah 
Usage: 6

and hath a servant
עבד 
`ebed 
Usage: 800

חסר 
Chacer 
Usage: 18

Verse Info

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks bread. 10 A righteous man regards the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.



Cross References

Luke 14:11

Because every man who lifts himself up will be made lower, and he who makes himself lower will be lifted up.

Proverbs 13:7

There is he who makes himself rich, yet has nothing, [and] he who makes himself poor, yet [has] great wealth.

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