Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. – Proverbs 12:9
Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:
Putting on a show for the masses gets expensive. I’m reminded of the Lammles of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. They put on airs in Old England but (in the 1998 movie) were eventually exposed and headed off to Europe to start again. Oh how we love to appear special or well-off! The proverb argues for a humble life with a reasonable income over a prideful life of wealth without any substance. May we seek the humble life and not put on airs.
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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.
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