Proverbs 12:9
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English Standard Version
Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is the poor man that provideth for himself, than he that is glorious and wanteth bread.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoreth himself, and is destitute of bread.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

3 A man does not stand by wickedness,

   But the root of the righteous remains unmoved.

In רשׁע there lies the idea of want of inward stay (vid., at Psalm 1:1); in a manner of thought and of conduct which has no stay in God and His law, there can be expected no external endurance, no solidity. The righteous, on the contrary, have their root in God; nothing can tear them from the ground in which they are rooted, they are as trees which no storm outroots. The very same thought is clothed in other words in Proverbs 10:25, and another statement regarding the root of the righteous is found at Proverbs 12:12.

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he that is 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 with the pride of birth, which refuses to labour.

despised

Proverbs 13:7 There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.

Cross References
Matthew 15:8
"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

Proverbs 12:8
A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised.

Proverbs 12:10
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

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