Job 11:12
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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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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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Keil 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.

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For vain. Heb. For empty

Psalm 62:9,10 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance...

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 God might manifest them...

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 fraudulent is carried headlong.

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; and to depart from evil is understanding.

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

Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems 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 show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...

man be

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

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 lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind...

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 of the wild donkey...

Jeremiah 2:24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?...

Cross References
Job 39:5
"Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Psalm 39:5
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

Psalm 39:11
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

Psalm 62:9
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.

Psalm 144:4
Man is like a 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
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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