Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

What do the words boasts & knows mean ? And also what message is this scripture trying to convey to us?

  • The Ivri / Hebrew meaning of "yit-Hallel" (יִתְהַלֵּ֣ל) = "let-Boasts" & "'ve-Yadoa" (וְיָדֹ֣עַ) = "and-Knows". Sep 24 '20 at 17:25

Boasting is usually a bad thing unless one boasts in knowing the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:

23 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,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”

Our best achievement is to know the Lord. The same sentiment is echoed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:

26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

God is our Father, our wisdom, our strength, our riches, and our boasting. We can boast in the Lord because we know Him. Stop being egoistic as others do. This is message that Jeremiah 9:24 is trying to convey to us.


According to my Mantis Bible, the English word "boasts" is the Hebrew word "halal"; a prim. root; to be boastful, to praise: - It is most often translated praised or praise. It is also found in Gen. 12:15; Judges 16:24; I Sam. 21:13; 2 Sam. 14:25; 22:4; I Ki. 20:11; I Chr. 16:4, 10; 16:25, 36; 23:5, 30; 25:3; 29:13; 2 Chr. 5:13; 7:6; 8:14; 20:19, 21; 23:12, 13; 29:30; 30:21; 31:2; Ezra 3:10-11; New. 5:13; 12:24; Job 12:17; Ps. 5:5; 10:3; 18:3; 22:22-23, 26; 34:2; 35:18; 44:8; 48:1; 49:6; 52:1; 56:4, 10; 63:5, 11; 64:10; 69:30, 34; 73:3; 74:21; 75:4; 78:63; 84:4; 96:4; 97:7; 102:8, 18; 104:35; 105:3, 45; 106:1, 5, 48; 107:32; 109:30; 111:1; 112:1; 113:1, 3, 9; 115:17, 18; 116:19, 117:1, 2; 119:164, 175; 135:1, 3, 21; 145:2, 3; 146:1, 2, 10; 147:1, 12, 20; 148:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14; 149:1, 3, 9; 150:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; Prog. 12:8; 20:14; 25:14; 27:1, 2; 28:4; 31:28, 30, 31; Ecc. 2:2; 7:7; Song 6:9; Isa 38:18; 41:16; 44:25; 45:25; 62:9; 64:11; Jer. 4:2; 9:23, 24; 20:13; 25:16; 31:7, 46:9, 49:4; 50:38; 51:7; Exek. 26:17; Joel 2:26; and Nah. 2:4.

The English word translated "knows" is the Hebrew word "yada" a prim. root; to know. It refers to ability, acknowledge, acquaintances, acquainted, aware, becomes known, bring forth, cared, chosen, clearly understand, cohabit, comprehend, concern, concerned, consider...It is most often translated know (542 times) Known (65 times)...other less common translations are raped, satisfied, understand, provided. There are too many places this word is found in the Bible to identify each.

Jer. 9:23-24 is quoted in I Cor. 1:31 regarding boasting in the LORD. We also see this concept in Ps. 20:7; 44:8; 2 Cor. 10:17; Gal. 6:14. Instead of boasting in what we have or have done, our boast need be in Christ who gave us the strength and power to achieve what we have achieved.

Regarding "know", there is a huge difference between knowing about someone and truly "knowing" them. God wants us to truly "know" Him.

I hope this is helpful.


  • So a simple translation would be "but let him who praises praise in this, that he understands and knows me" so what would "praise in this" imply? "to feel good and talk about this" or something like that? Jan 2 '19 at 14:21

The original Ivri / Hebrew of Jeremiah 9:23 [MT] states : "23 But let (him that) boasts exult in this, that he understands and knows Me, for I am YHVH Who practices kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth; for in these things I delight, says YHVH." (כִּ֣י אִם־בְּזֹ֞את יִתְהַלֵּ֣ל הַמִּתְהַלֵּ֗ל הַשְׂכֵּל֘ וְיָדֹ֣עַ אוֹתִי֒ כִּי אֲנִ֣י יְהֹוָ֔ה עֹ֥שֶׂה חֶ֛סֶד מִשְׁפָּ֥ט וּצְדָקָ֖ה בָּאָ֑רֶץ כִּֽי־בְאֵ֥לֶּה חָפַ֖צְתִּי נְאֻם־יְהֹוָֽה)

What do the words "let-boasts" and "and-knows" mean in Jeremiah 9:23 [MT]?

  • "yit-Hallel" (יִתְהַלֵּ֣ל) = "let-Boasts";
  • "'ve-Yadoa" (וְיָדֹ֣עַ) = "and-Knows".

The English bible translates YHVH as "the Lord" & changes the verse order of Jeremiah 9:23, placing it at verse 24 in the KJV.

Jeremiah 9:24 [KJV]

" But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord."

What does Jeremiah 9:23 [MT] and Jeremiah 3:24 [KJV] mean? - Testify about God by celebrating in His praise (if you understand, know YHVH is the source of Kindness, Justice & Righteousness on Earth)!

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