For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Treasury of Scripture
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?
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...
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...
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?...
ContextZophar Rebukes Job
1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? 3Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed? 4For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes. 5But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you; 6And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves. 7Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection? 8It is as high as heaven; what can you do? deeper than hell; what can you know? 9The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? 11For he knows vain men: he sees wickedness also; will he not then consider it? 12For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt. 13If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him; 14If iniquity be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in your tabernacles. 15For then shall you lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear: 16Because you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: 17And your age shall be clearer than the noonday: you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning. 18And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety. 19Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall make suit to you. 20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
Parallel VersesAmerican 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Yet a senseless man will make bold, though man be born like the foal of a wild ass.
King James Bible
For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Young's Literal Translation
And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.