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 Bible
He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
Darby Bible Translation
Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
World English Bible
Better is he who is lightly esteemed, and has a servant, than he who honors himself, and lacks 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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Two interpretations are equally tenable;
(1) as in the King James Version, He whom men despise, or who is "lowly" in his own eyes (compare 1 Samuel 18:23), if he has a slave, i. e., if he is one step above absolute poverty, and has some one to supply his wants, is better off than the man who boasts of rank or descent and has nothing to eat. Respectable mediocrity is better than boastful poverty.
(2) he who, though despised, is a servant to himself, i. e., supplies his own wants, is better than the arrogant and helpless.
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