Jeremiah 22:16
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New International Version
He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD.

New Living Translation
He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" says the LORD.

English Standard Version
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?" Declares the LORD.

King James Bible
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He took up the case of the poor and needy, then it went well. Is this not what it means to know Me? This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
He judged the case of the poor and needy. And then it went well for him. Isn't this what it means to know me?

NET Bible
He upheld the cause of the poor and needy. So things went well for Judah.' The LORD says, 'That is a good example of what it means to know me.'

New Heart English Bible
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Wasn't this to know me?' says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He defended the cause of the poor and needy. Everything went well for him. Isn't this what it means to know me?" asks the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; Then it was well. Is not this to know Me? saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy;
            Then it was well.
            Is not that what it means to know Me?”
            Declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him. Is this not to know me? said the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? says the LORD.

American King James Version
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? said the LORD.

American Standard Version
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this to know me? saith Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He judged the cause of the poor and needy for his own good: was it not therefore because he knew me, saith the Lord?

Darby Bible Translation
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this to know me? saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Was not this to know me? saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.

World English Bible
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Wasn't this to know me? says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
He decided the cause of the poor and needy, Then it is well -- is it not to know Me? An affirmation of Jehovah.
Study Bible
A Warning about Jehoiakim
15"Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink And do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. 16"He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?" Declares the LORD. 17"But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion."…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 28:9
"As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

Psalm 36:10
O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

Psalm 72:1
A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.

Psalm 72:12
For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.

Psalm 82:3
Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.

Proverbs 31:9
Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Jeremiah 9:24
but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? said the LORD.

judged.

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Job 29:12-17 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Psalm 72:1-4,12,13 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy…

Psalm 109:31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from …

Proverbs 24:11,12 If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those …

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the …

was not.

Jeremiah 9:3,16,24 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Jeremiah 31:33,34 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Psalm 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, …

John 8:19,54,55 Then said they to him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

John 17:3,6 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

(16) Was not this to know me?--The prophet, as a true witness of the law of righteousness, proclaims that the religious fame of Josiah rested not on his restoration of the Temple worship, nor on his suppression of idolatry, but much more on his faithfulness in his kingly work to the cause of righteousness and mercy. They only could know Him who, in this respect, strove to be like Him (1John 3:2).

He judged the cause of the poor and needy,.... Who could not defend themselves against the rich and the mighty; he took their cause in hand, and, having heard it, determined it in their favour, and did them justice, as princes and civil magistrates ought to do:

then it was well with him; this is repeated, not only to show the certainty of it, but that it might be observed, and his example followed:

was not this to know me? saith the Lord; it is not by words only, but by deeds, that men show that they know the Lord; for some in words profess to know him, who in works deny him; when princes do the duty of their office, they thereby declare that they know and own the Lord, by, and under whom, they reign; that they have the fear of him before their eyes; this is a practical knowledge of him, and is well pleasing to him. The Targum is,

"is not this the knowledge with which I am well pleased? saith the Lord.'' 16. was not this to know me—namely, to show by deeds that one knows God's will, as was the case with Josiah (compare Joh 13:17; contrast Tit 1:16).22:10-19 Here is a sentence of death upon two kings, the wicked sons of a very pious father. Josiah was prevented from seeing the evil to come in this world, and removed to see the good to come in the other world; therefore, weep not for him, but for his son Shallum, who is likely to live and die a wretched captive. Dying saints may be justly envied, while living sinners are justly pitied. Here also is the doom of Jehoiakim. No doubt it is lawful for princes and great men to build, beautify, and furnish houses; but those who enlarge their houses, and make them sumptuous, need carefully to watch against the workings of vain-glory. He built his houses by unrighteousness, with money gotten unjustly. And he defrauded his workmen of their wages. God notices the wrong done by the greatest to poor servants and labourers, and will repay those in justice, who will not, in justice, pay those whom they employ. The greatest of men must look upon the meanest as their neighbours, and be just to them accordingly. Jehoiakim was unjust, and made no conscience of shedding innocent blood. Covetousness, which is the root of all evil, was at the bottom of all. The children who despise their parents' old fashions, commonly come short of their real excellences. Jehoiakim knew that his father found the way of duty to be the way of comfort, yet he would not tread in his steps. He shall die unlamented, hateful for oppression and cruelty.
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