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Job 11:12

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— “An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— But vain man is void of understanding, yea, man is born as a wild ass's colt.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born [as] a wild ass's colt.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For vain man would be wise, though man is born [like] a wild ass's colt.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Yet a senseless man will make bold, though man be born [like] the foal of a wild ass.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, an empty person, will get sense, when, a wild ass's colt, is born a man!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Yet vaine man would be wise, though man new borne is like a wilde asse colte.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For vaine man would be wise; though man be borne [like] a wilde asses coult.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— For a pure man inspires courage, and a mighty man helps others.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— But man vainly buoys himself up with words; and a mortal born of woman [is] like an ass in the desert.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For vain 5014
{5014} Prime
A primitive root; to pierce; to be hollow, or (figuratively) foolish.
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
would be wise, 3823
{3823} Prime
A primitive root; properly to be enclosed (as if with fat); by implication (as denominative from H3824) to unheart, that is, (in a good sense) transport (with love), or (in a bad sense) stultify; also (as denominative from H3834) to make cakes.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
though man 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
be born 3205
{3205} Prime
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
[like] a wild ass's 6501
{6501} Prime
From H6500 in the secondary sense of running wild; the onager.
colt. 5895
{5895} Prime
From H5782 in the sense of raising (that is, bearing a burden); properly a young ass (as just broken to a load); hence an ass colt.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 11:12

_ _ vain — hollow.

_ _ 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 (Romans 1:22).

_ _ wild ass’s colt — a proverb for untamed wildness (Job 39:5, Job 39:8; Jeremiah 2:24; Genesis 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 11:7-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 11:12

Man — That since the fall is void of all true wisdom, pretends to be wise, and able to pass a censure upon all God's ways and works. Colt — Ignorant, and dull, and stupid, as to divine things, and yet heady and untractable.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 11:12

For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild (f) ass's colt.

(f) That is, without understanding, so that whatever gifts he has afterward come from God, and not from nature.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
For vain:
Heb. For empty,
Psalms 62:9-10 Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity. ... Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them].
Psalms 73:22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee.
Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
Ecclesiastes 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?


Job 5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
Job 12:2-3 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you. ... But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
Job 28:28 And unto 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. ... Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what [is] his name, and what [is] his son's name, if thou canst tell?
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 seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. ... And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
James 3:13-17 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. ... But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

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?
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen 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; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

a wild:

Job 6:5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?
Job 39:5-8 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? ... The range of the mountains [is] his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
Jeremiah 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, [that] snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
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Jb 5:13; 6:5; 12:2; 15:14; 28:28; 39:5. Ps 51:5; 62:9; 73:22; 92:6. Pv 30:2. Ec 3:18. Jr 2:24. Ro 1:22; 12:16. 1Co 3:18. Ep 2:3. Jm 2:20; 3:13.

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