Proverbs 12:9
Parallel Strong's
Berean Study Bible
Better to be lightly esteemed yet have a servant, than to be self-important but lack food.

Young's Literal Translation
Better [is] the lightly esteemed who hath a servant, Than the self-honoured who lacketh bread.

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

ט֣וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to be lightly esteemed,
נִ֭קְלֶה (niq·leh)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7034: To be lightly esteemed or dishonored

yet have a servant,
וְעֶ֣בֶד (wə·‘e·ḇeḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

than to be self-important
מִ֝מְּתַכַּבֵּ֗ד (mim·mə·ṯak·kab·bêḏ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3513: To be heavy, weighty, or burdensome

but lack
וַחֲסַר־ (wa·ḥă·sar-)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

לָֽחֶם׃ (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain


Proverbs 12:8
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