English Standard Version
But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
King James Bible
For vain man 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.
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.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
With ואולם, verum enim vero, Zophar introduces his wish that God himself would instruct Job; this would most thoroughly refute his utterances. יתן מי is followed by the infin., then by futt., vid., Ges. 136, 1; כּפלים (only here and Isaiah 40:2) denotes not only that which is twice as great, but generally that which far surpasses something else. The subject of the clause beginning with כּי is היא understood, i.e., divine wisdom: that she is the double with respect to (ל( ot, as e.g., 1 Kings 10:23) reality (תושׁיה, as Job 5:12; Job 6:13, essentia, substantia), i.e., in comparison with Job's specious wisdom and philosophism. Instead of saying: then thou wouldst perceive, Zophar, realizing in his mind that which he has just wished, says imperiously ודע (an imper. consec., or, as Ewald, 345, b, calls it, imper. futuri, similar to Genesis 20:7; 2 Samuel 21:3): thou must then perceive that God has dealt far more leniently with thee than thou hast deserved. The causative השּׁה (in Old Testament only this passage, and Job 39:17) denotes here oblivioni dare, and the מן of מעונך is partitive.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For vain. Heb. For empty
"Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
When you discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah
Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.
Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
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