|New International Version (©2011)|
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.
New Living Translation (©2007)
An empty-headed person won't become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.
English Standard Version (©2001)
But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
But a stupid man will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
International Standard Version (©2012)
An empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born a human being!"
NET Bible (©2006)
But an empty man will become wise, when a wild donkey's colt is born a human being.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
But an empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born tame.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
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.
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.
|Matthew Henry's Concise 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?
Verse 12. - For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt; rather, and a vain man may get understanding, and the colt of a wild ass become a than (compare the Revised Version, marginal rendering). Zophar seems to mean that, through Divine discipline, such as that described in ver. 10, a vain, foolish, puffed-up man may be reclaimed and become a man of understanding - a stubborn and untamed one, wild as the colt of a wild ass, grow into a real man, i.e. acquire sense and discretion. If this is the meaning, undoubtedly Job is glanced at (so Schultens, Dillmann, and Canon Cook).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
For vain man would be wise,.... Or "hollow" (r), empty man; empty of all that is good, though full of all unrighteousness; without God, the knowledge, love, and fear of him; without Christ, the knowledge of him, faith in him, and love to him; destitute of the Spirit, and of his grace, having no good thing in him: yet such a man "would be wise"; not desirous of true wisdom, but would be thought to be wise; he in conceit thinks himself that he is very wise, and he would fain have others think so of him; or is, or "may", or "will be wise" (s); may be made wise by the chastisements of God through afflictions, being sanctified to him by the grace of God; though he is a vain man, and also is what is after said of him; afflicting dispensations are sometimes teaching ones, and in the school of afflictions many useful lessons are learnt, whereby men become wiser; see Psalm 94:12; though some understand the word in a very different sense, and interpret it bold, audacious, proud, and haughty; man takes heart (t), and lifts up himself against God, stretches his hand, and hardens his heart against him:
though man be born like a wild ass's colt; foolish and stupid, without understanding of divine and spiritual things; given to lust and wantonness, to serve divers lusts and pleasures; not subject to the yoke of the law of God, stubborn, refractory, and untameable, but by the grace of God; the ass, and especially the wild ass, and the colt of one, being a very stupid creature, and a very lustful and wanton one, chooses to be free, will not bear the yoke, but ranges about in desert places; see Job 39:5; some render the words, "and a wild ass's colt is", or "may be born a man" (u); that is, one that is by his first birth, and by his life and conversation, like a wild ass's colt, is or may be born again, and be made a new man, as Jarchi also interprets it, and so become a wise, knowing, and good man, which is a great truth; but whether the truth in this text, is not so clear: the Targum seems to incline this way;"a refractory, youth that grows wise shall become a great man.''
(r) "concavus", Montanus; "cavus", Drusius; "vacuus", Pagninus, Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis. (s) "fiat vel fit cordatus", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Broughton, Beza. (t) "In superbiam erigitur", V. L. "audaciam sumit", Schmidt. (u) "Pullus onager homo nascitur", Cocceius, Schmidt; "nascatur", Schultens.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
would be—"wants to consider himself wise"; opposed to God's "wisdom" (see on Job 11:11); refuses to see sin, where God sees it (Ro 1:22).
wild ass's colt—a proverb for untamed wildness (Job 39:5, 8; Jer 2:24; Ge 16:12; Hebrew, "a wild-ass man"). Man wishes to appear wisely obedient to his Lord, whereas he is, from his birth, unsubdued in spirit.
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