Can the empty-headed become wise?

Old Testament: Job 11.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 10–12 on June 27, In the year of our Lord 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Remember that Job’s friends believed that he had committed some great sin. Therefore, they, or in this case Zophar, wanted him to know how God works and that once a person determines to be wicked, he will not be wise: 

“If He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
Then who can hinder Him?
For He knows deceitful men;
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it?
For an empty-headed man will be wise,
When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.”

– Job 11.10–12 

It is true that once God brings man to judgment, no one can stop God from carrying out that judgment. God also knows deceitful men and sees what they do. However, if the empty-headed cannot ever become wise, what is the point of repentance and reformation and of gaining knowledge and wisdom? Some people set themselves up to be empty-headed forever, but those who humble themselves can find the truth and grow in it. 


  • Are you empty-headed? 
  • Are you wiser today than you were 10 years ago? 

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