Jeremiah 9:23
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New International Version
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD says: "Don't let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches.

English Standard Version
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

New American Standard Bible
Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

King James Bible
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the LORD says: The wise man must not boast in his wisdom; the strong man must not boast in his strength; the wealthy man must not boast in his wealth.

International Standard Version
This is what the LORD says: "The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches.

NET Bible
The LORD says, "Wise people should not boast that they are wise. Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. Rich people should not boast that they are rich.

New Heart English Bible
Thus says the LORD, "Do not let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, do not let the rich man glory in his riches;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD says: Don't let wise people brag about their wisdom. Don't let strong people brag about their strength. Don't let rich people brag about their riches.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus saith the LORD: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Neither let the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches;

New American Standard 1977
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD said, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches;

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

American King James Version
Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

American Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, and let not the strong man glory in his strength, and let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith Jehovah: Let not the wise glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty glory in his might; let not the rich glory in his riches:

English Revised Version
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh, Don't let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, don't let the rich man glory in his riches;

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said Jehovah: Let not the wise boast himself in his wisdom, Nor let the mighty boast himself in his might, Let not the rich boast himself in his riches,
Study Bible
Weeping in Jerusalem
22Speak, "Thus says the LORD, 'The corpses of men will fall like dung on the open field, And like the sheaf after the reaper, But no one will gather them.'" 23Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24but 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:31
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

Philippians 3:8
More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Philippians 3:10
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to Him in His death,

1 Kings 20:10
Ben-hadad sent to him and said, "May the gods do so to me and more also, if the dust of Samaria will suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me."

1 Kings 20:11
Then the king of Israel replied, "Tell him, 'Let not him who girds on his armor boast like him who takes it off.'"

Job 31:24
"If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,

Job 31:25
If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;

Job 32:13
"Do not say, 'We have found wisdom; God will rout him, not man.'

Psalm 49:6
Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

wise.

Job 5:12-14 He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot …

Psalm 49:10-13,16-18 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish …

Ecclesiastes 2:13-16,19 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness…

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Isaiah 10:12,13 Why it shall come to pass, that when the Lord has performed his whole …

Ezekiel 28:2-9 Son of man, say to the prince of Tyrus, Thus said the Lord GOD; Because …

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

1 Corinthians 1:19-21,27-29 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise …

James 3:14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

neither.

Deuteronomy 8:17 And you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has …

1 Samuel 17:4-10,42 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, …

1 Kings 20:10,11 And Benhadad sent to him, and said, The gods do so to me, and more also…

Psalm 33:16,17 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man …

Isaiah 10:8 For he said, Are not my princes altogether kings?

Isaiah 36:8,9 Now therefore give pledges, I pray you, to my master the king of …

Ezekiel 29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall …

Daniel 3:15 Now if you be ready that at what time you hear the sound of the cornet, …

Daniel 4:30,31,37 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

Daniel 5:18-23 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, …

Amos 2:14-16 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong …

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and …

rich.

Job 31:24,25 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are …

Psalm 49:6-9 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Psalm 52:6,7 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him…

Psalm 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches …

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivers from death.

Ezekiel 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed…

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answers …

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

(23) Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom.--The long prophecy of judgment had reached its climax. Now there comes the conclusion of the whole matter--that the one way of salvation is to renounce all reliance on the wisdom, greatness, wealth of the world, and to glory only in knowing Jehovah. The "wise man" is, as before in Jeremiah 8:9, and Jeremiah 9:12, the scribe, or recognised teacher of the people

Verses 23, 24. - These two verses were hardly composed for their present position, though a connection may, of course, be thought out for them. Perhaps a comparison of Habakkuk 3:17, 18, may help us. There the prophet looks forward to a complete desolation resulting from the Chaldean invasion, and yet declares that he can even exult in his God. So here. All subjects of boasting have been proved untrustworthy; but one remains - not wisdom, not valor, not riches, but the knowledge of the revealed God. Thus saith the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,.... Not in his natural wisdom, or knowledge of natural things: this is often but an appearance of wisdom, and is science falsely so called; and whatever is real of this kind is of God; and the best falls short of leading men to a true and saving knowledge of God; the foolishness of God is wiser than it; and it is made foolish, destroyed, and brought to nought by him: nor in evangelical wisdom and knowledge; not in that which is less common, or what fits men for public usefulness, as ministerial gifts; for such are received from above; are more for the use of others than a man's self; there is something better than these, which a man may not have, and yet have these, which is grace; those may fade, or be taken away; and a man have them, and be lost eternally: nor in that which is more general, speculative knowledge of Gospel truths; for if it is attended with conceit, it is little or nothing that a man knows; if he is proud of it, his knowledge is not sanctified; and it is no other than what the devils themselves have: nor in that which is more special; wisdom in the inward part, or a spiritual and saving knowledge of God in Christ; this a man has wholly of free grace, and should give the praise and glory of it to God, and not attribute it to himself:

neither let the mighty man glory in his might; not in his natural might or strength; this is of God, and is greater in some of the brutes than in men; and is what God can take away, and does often weaken it in the way by diseases, and at last destroys it by death; nor in moral strength, or in the power of free will; which is very weak and insufficient to do anything that is spiritually good: nor even in spiritual strength; this is from Christ; it is only through him strengthening his people that they do what they do; and all supplies and increase of it are from him; and therefore no room for glorying:

let not the rich man glory in his riches; these come of the hand of God, and are what he can take away at pleasure; they are very uncertain and precarious things; there is a better and more enduring substance; these cannot profit in a day of wrath, nor deliver from death, corporeal, spiritual, or eternal. And the intention of the words here is to show, that neither the wise man with all his art and cunning, nor the mighty man by his strength, nor the rich man through his riches, could save themselves from the destruction before prophesied of. The Targum paraphrases them thus,

"thus saith the Lord, let not Solomon the son of David the wise man praise (or please himself) in his wisdom; nor let Samson the son of Manoah the mighty man please himself in his might; nor let Ahab the son of Omri the rich man please himself in his riches.'' 23. wisdom—political sagacity; as if it could rescue from the impending calamities.

might—military prowess.9:23-26 In this world of sin and sorrow, ending soon in death and judgement, how foolish for men to glory in their knowledge, health, strength, riches, or in any thing which leaves them under the dominion of sin and the wrath of God! and of which an account must hereafter be rendered; it will but increase their misery. Those are the true Israel who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Let us prize the distinction which comes from God, and will last for ever. Let us seek it diligently.
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