Job 11:12
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New International Version
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.

New Living Translation
An empty-headed person won't become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.

English Standard Version
But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!

New American Standard Bible
"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

King James Bible
For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But a stupid man will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!

International Standard Version
An empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born a human being!"

NET Bible
But an empty man will become wise, when a wild donkey's colt is born a human being.

New Heart English Bible
An empty-headed man becomes wise when a man is born as a wild donkey's colt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But an empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born tame.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But an empty man will get understanding, When a wild ass's colt is born a man.

New American Standard 1977
“And an idiot will become intelligent
            When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The vain man shall make himself understood, though man is born like a wild ass's colt.

King James 2000 Bible
For a vain man will be wise, when a man is born a wild donkey's colt.

American King James Version
For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

American Standard Version
But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born as a wild ass's colt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet a senseless man will make bold, though man be born [like] the foal of a wild ass.

English Revised Version
But vain man is void of understanding, yea, man is born as a wild ass's colt.

Webster's Bible Translation
For vain man would be wise, though man is born like a wild ass's colt.

World English Bible
An empty-headed man becomes wise when a man is born as a wild donkey's colt.

Young's Literal Translation
And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:7-12 Zophar speaks well concerning God and his greatness and glory, concerning man and his vanity and folly. See here what man is; and let him be humbled. God sees this concerning vain man, that he would be wise, would be thought so, though he is born like a wild ass's colt, so unteachable and untameable. Man is a vain creature; empty, so the word is. Yet he is a proud creature, and self-conceited. He would be wise, would be thought so, though he will not submit to the laws of wisdom. He would be wise, he reaches after forbidden wisdom, and, like his first parents, aiming to be wise above what is written, loses the tree of life for the tree of knowledge. Is such a creature as this fit to contend with God?
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
11"For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating. 12"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man. 13"If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,…
Cross References
Job 39:5
"Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Psalm 39:5
"Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 39:11
"With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.

Psalm 62:9
Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath.

Psalm 144:4
Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

Ecclesiastes 11:10
So, remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.
Treasury of Scripture

For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

For vain. Heb. For empty

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a …

Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.

Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand this.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in my heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

would

Job 5:13 He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the …

Job 12:2,3 No doubt but you are the people, and wisdom shall die with you…

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Proverbs 30:2-4 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding …

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but …

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

man be

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

a wild

Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

Job 39:5-8 Who has sent out the wild donkey free? or who has loosed the bands …

Jeremiah 2:24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at …

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