Parallel Strong'sHolman Christian Standard BibleBetter to be dishonored, yet have a servant, than to act important but have no food.
New American Standard BibleBetter is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
King James Bible[He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Parallel VersesInternational 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.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is the lightly esteemed who hath a servant, Than the self-honoured who lacketh bread.
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