Parallel Verses

Youngs Literal Translation

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

New American Standard Bible

"An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

But a stupid man will gain understanding
as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!

International Standard Version

An empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born a human being!"

A Conservative Version

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

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

But a stupid man will get wisdom [only] when a wild donkey's colt is born a man [as when he thinks himself free because he is lifted up in pride].

Bible in Basic English

And so a hollow-minded man will get wisdom, when a young ass of the field gets teaching.

Darby Translation

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

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The vain man shall make himself understood, though man is born like a wild ass's colt.

Julia Smith Translation

And man being empty will be without heart: and man will be born a wild ass's colt

King James 2000

For a vain man will be wise, when a man is born a wild donkey's colt.

Lexham Expanded Bible

But {an empty-headed person} will get understanding when a wild donkey's colt is born [as] a human being.

Modern King James verseion

For foolish man would be wise, and man is born a wild ass's colt.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A vain body exalteth himself, and man, newborn, is like a wild ass's colt.

NET Bible

But an empty man will become wise, when a wild donkey's colt is born a human being.

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

But, an empty person, will get sense, when, a wild ass's colt, is born a man!

Webster

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.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נבב 
Nabab 
Usage: 4

man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

would be wise
לבב 
Labab 
Usage: 5

אדם 
'adam 
Usage: 541

be born
ילד 
Yalad 
Usage: 497

פּרה פּרא 
Pere' 
Usage: 10

References

Easton

Ass

Fausets

Hastings

Morish

Ass

Watsons

Ass

Context Readings

God Can Do As He Pleases

11 For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider it! 12 And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born. 13 If thou -- thou hast prepared thy heart, And hast spread out unto Him thy hands,



Cross References

Job 39:5-8

Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?

Psalm 73:22

And I am brutish, and do not know. A beast I have been with Thee.

Ecclesiastes 3:18

I said in my heart concerning the matter of the sons of man that God might cleanse them, so as to see that they themselves are beasts.

Job 5:13

Capturing the wise in their subtilty, And the counsel of wrestling ones was hastened,

Job 6:5

Brayeth a wild ass over tender grass? Loweth an ox over his provender?

Job 12:2-3

Truly -- ye are the people, And with you doth wisdom die.

Job 15:14

What is man that he is pure, And that he is righteous, one born of woman?

Job 28:28

And He saith to man: -- 'Lo, fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to turn from evil is understanding.'

Psalm 51:5

Lo, in iniquity I have been brought forth, And in sin doth my mother conceive me.

Psalm 62:9-10

Only -- vanity are the low, a lie the high. In balances to go up they than vanity are lighter.

Psalm 92:6

A brutish man doth not know, And a fool understandeth not this; --

Proverbs 30:2-4

For I am more brutish than any one, And have not the understanding of a man.

Jeremiah 2:24

A wild ass accustomed to a wilderness, In the desire of her soul she hath swallowed up wind, Her meeting -- who doth turn her back? None seeking her do weary themselves, In her month they find her.

Romans 1:22

professing to be wise, they were made fools,

Romans 12:16

of the same mind one toward another, not minding the high things, but with the lowly going along; become not wise in your own conceit;

1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Let no one deceive himself; if any one doth seem to be wise among you in this age -- let him become a fool, that he may become wise,

Ephesians 2:3

among whom also we all did walk once in the desires of our flesh, doing the wishes of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath -- as also the others,

James 2:20

And dost thou wish to know, O vain man, that the faith apart from the works is dead?

James 3:13-17

Who is wise and intelligent among you? let him shew out of the good behaviour his works in meekness of wisdom,

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