Job 11:12
Good News Translation
Stupid people will start being wise when wild donkeys are born tame.

Contemporary English Version
but it's easier to tame a wild donkey than to make a fool wise.

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

New American Bible
An empty head will gain understanding, when a colt of a wild jackass is born human.

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

For vain.

Psalm 62:9,10 But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive. . . .

Psalm 73:22 And I am brought to nothing, and I knew not.

Psalm 92:6 The senseless man shall not know: nor will the fool understand these things.

Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in my heart concerning the sons of men, that God would prove them, and shew them to be like beasts.

Romans 1:22 For, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

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

would

Job 5:13 Who catcheth the wise in their craftiness, and disappointeth the counsel of the wicked:

Job 12:2,3 Are you then men alone, and shall wisdom die with you? . . .

Job 28:28 And he said to man: Behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom: and to depart from evil, is understanding.

Proverbs 30:2-4 I am the most foolish of men, and the wisdom of men is not with me. . . .

Romans 12:16 Being of one mind one towards another. Not minding high things, but consenting to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seem to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. . . .

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge, among you? Let him shew, by a good contestation, his work in the meekness of wisdom. . . .

man be

Job 15:14 What is man that he should be without spot, and he that is born of a woman that he should appear just?

Psalm 51:5 For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me.

Ephesians 2:3 In which also we all conversed in time past, in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the will of the flesh and of our thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:

a wild

Job 6:5 Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger?

Job 39:5-8 Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds? . . .

Jeremiah 2:24 A wild ass accustomed to the wilderness in the desire of his heart, snuffed up the wind of his love: none shall turn her away: all that seek her shall not fail: in her monthly filth they shall find her.

Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
11For he knoweth the vanity of men, and when he seeth iniquity, doth he not consider it? 12A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.13But thou hast hardened thy heart, and hast spread thy hands to him.…
Cross References
Job 39:5
Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds?

Psalm 39:5
Behold thou hast made my days measurable. and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man living.

Psalm 39:11
Thou hast corrected man for iniquity. And thou hast made his soul to waste away like a spider: surely in vain is any man disquieted.

Psalm 62:9
But vain are the sons of men, the sons of men are liars in the balances: that by vanity they may together deceive.

Psalm 144:4
Man is like to vanity: his days pass away like a shadow.

Ecclesiastes 1:2
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 11:10
Remove anger from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh. For youth and pleasure are vain.

Additional Translations
But a witless man can no more become wise than the colt of a wild donkey can be born a man!For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

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

But man vainly buoys himself up with words; and a mortal born of woman is like an ass in the desert.

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

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

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

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

And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
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