Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 12:9

Context
NET ©

Better is a person of humble standing 1  who nevertheless has a servant, 2  than one who pretends to be somebody important 3  yet has no food.

NIV ©

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

It is better to be a nobody with a servant than to be self–important but have no food.

MSG ©

Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process.

BBE ©

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.

NRSV ©

Better to be despised and have a servant, than to be self-important and lack food.

NKJV ©

Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.


KJV
[He that is] despised
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and hath a servant
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[is] better
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than he that honoureth
<03513> (8693)
himself, and lacketh
<02638>
bread
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NASB ©
Better
<02896>
is he who is lightly
<07034>
esteemed
<07034>
and has a servant
<05650>
Than
<04480>
he who honors
<03513>
himself and lacks
<02638>
bread
<03899>
.
HEBREW
Mxl
<03899>
roxw
<02638>
dbktmm
<03513>
wl
<0>
dbew
<05650>
hlqn
<07034>
bwj (12:9)
<02896>
LXXM
kreisswn
<2908
A-NSM
anhr
<435
N-NSM
en
<1722
PREP
atimia
<819
N-DSF
douleuwn
<1398
V-PAPNS
eautw
<1438
D-DSM
h
<2228
CONJ
timhn
<5092
N-ASF
eautw
<1438
D-DSM
peritiyeiv
<4060
V-PAPNS
kai
<2532
CONJ
prosdeomenov {V-PMPNS} artou
<740
N-GSM
NET © [draft] ITL
Better
<02896>
is a person of humble standing who nevertheless
<07034>
has a servant
<05650>
, than
<03513>
one who pretends
<03513>
to be somebody important yet has no
<02638>
food
<03899>
.
NET ©

Better is a person of humble standing 1  who nevertheless has a servant, 2  than one who pretends to be somebody important 3  yet has no food.

NET © Notes

tn Heb “one who is lightly regarded.” The verb קָלָה (qalah) means “to be lightly esteemed; to be dishonored; to be degraded” (BDB 885 s.v.).

tn The meaning of the phrase וְעֶבֶד לוֹ (vÿeved lo) is ambiguous; the preposition is either possessive (“has a servant”) or a reflexive indirect object (“is a servant for himself”; cf. NAB, TEV). Several versions (LXX, Vulgate, Syriac) read “and yet has a servant.”

tn Heb “who feigns importance.” The term מְתַכַּבֵּד (mÿtakkabed, from כָּבֵד, caved, “to be weighty; to be honored; to be important”) is an example of the so-called “Hollywood” Hitpael which describes a person putting on an act (BDB 458 s.v. כָּבֵד Hitp.2).

sn This individual lives beyond his financial means in a vain show to impress other people and thus cannot afford to put food on the table.



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