He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better then he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
– Proverbs 12:9
This is one of the proverbs that deals with reality versus appearances. Despised here refers to someone of mean standing in the community. They have humility of circumstances. The fact they have a servant illustrates they have some means, though modest, through honest work and gain. To be better means to be better off, or in a better state than another. In this case, the first is better than the one who boasts and promotes himself to be seen as wealthy, powerful, etc. when he is poor in reality. Jesus spoke of this sort of humility when he taught that we should let another honor us if honor is indeed due us rather than taking honor to ourselves (Luke 14:8-11).