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,

Berean Study Bible
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength, nor the wealthy man 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:

Christian Standard Bible
"'This is what the LORD says: The wise person should not boast in his wisdom; the strong should not boast in his strength; the wealthy should not boast in his wealth.

Contemporary English Version
The LORD says: Don't brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth.

Good News Translation
The LORD says, "The wise should not boast of their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their wealth.

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
A Lament over Zion
22Declare that this is what the LORD says: “The corpses of men will fall like dung upon the open field, like newly cut grain behind the reaper, with no one to gather it.” 23This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor the strong man in his strength, nor the wealthy man in his riches. 24But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises loving devotion, justice and righteousness on the 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
Then Ben-hadad sent another message to Ahab: "May the gods deal with me, and ever so severely, if enough dust remains of Samaria for each of my men to have a handful."

1 Kings 20:11
And the king of Israel replied, "Tell him: 'The one putting on his armor should not boast like one taking it off.'"

Job 31:24
If I have put my trust in gold or called pure gold my security,

Job 31:25
if I have rejoiced in my great wealth because my hand had gained so much,

Job 32:13
So do not claim, 'We have found wisdom; let God, not man, refute him.'

Psalm 49:6
They trust in their wealth and boast in great riches.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

Proverbs 21:30
No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel can prevail against the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 9:11
I saw something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; neither is the bread to the wise, nor the wealth to the intelligent, nor the favor to the skillful; rather, time and chance happen to all.

Isaiah 10:8
"Are not all my commanders kings?" he says.

Isaiah 20:5
Those who made Cush their hope and Egypt their boast will be dismayed and ashamed.

Isaiah 47:10
You were secure in your wickedness; you said, 'No one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge led you astray; you told yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me.'

Jeremiah 48:7
Because you trust in your works and treasures, you too will be captured, and Chemosh will go into exile with his priests and officials.

Jeremiah 49:4
Why do you boast of your valleys, your valleys so fruitful, O faithless daughter? You trust in your riches and say, 'Who can come against me?'

Ezekiel 28:3
Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you!

Amos 2:14
Escape will fail the swift, the strong will not prevail by his strength, and the mighty will not save his life.

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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