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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 9:23-26

The prophet had been endeavouring to possess this people with a holy fear of God and his judgments, to convince them both of sin and wrath; but still they had recourse to some sorry subterfuge or other, under which to shelter themselves from the conviction and with which to excuse themselves in the obstinacy and carelessness. He therefore sets himself here to drive them from these refuges of lies and to show them the insufficiency of them. I. When they were told how inevitable the judgment... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 9:23

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... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 9:24

But let him that glorieth glory in this ,.... In the Lord alone, as it is interpreted by the apostle, 1 Corinthians 1:31 , that he understandeth and knoweth me ; or, "in understanding and knowing me" F7 השכל וידע אותי "intelligendo et sciendo me", Montanus. ; or, "he understanding and knowing me"; for this clause is descriptive of the person that is to glory in the Lord, and not of the thing in which he is to glory; for it is not even in the knowledge of God that men are to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 9:23

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom - Because God is the Fountain of all good, neither wisdom, nor might, nor riches, nor prosperity can come but from or through him. Nothing can be more rational than that the Source of all our blessings should be acknowledged. Riches cannot deliver in the day of death; strength cannot avail against him; and as a shield against him, our wisdom is foolishness. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 9:24

But let him that glorieth - To glory in a thing is to depend on it as the means or cause of procuring happiness. But there can be no happiness but in being experimentally acquainted with that God who exercises loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. He who has God's mercy for his portion may well exult; for he need not fear the power of any adversary. Sometimes the ancient heathen poets uttered sentiments of morality far beyond their dispensation. Witness Phocylides on... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 9:23

Verse 23 This is a remarkable passage, and often found in the mouth of men, as other notable sentences, which are known as proverbial sayings: but yet few rightly consider how these words are connected with the previous context. Hence there are many who are satisfied with a simple explanation, as though it were a subject abruptly introduced, and as though the Prophet commenced something new; and they confine themselves to those words: and thus they misrepresent the meaning of the Prophet, or at... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 9:24

Verse 24 Thus saith Jehovah, Let not the wise glory, etc (255) By way of concession he calls those wise who were without the fear of God, which yet we know is the beginning of wisdom. (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 1:7.) But the Prophet speaks according to the common opinion; and the meaning may be thus given, “Let; not him who seenas wise to himself glory in his own wisdom:” and so the other words may be understood. It is then added, But let him who glories, glory in this, etc. It appears from the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:22-24

The knowledge of God the only real glory of man. Comparison of the earthly acquisitions and properties of the natural man with those which are spiritual and Divine frequent in Scripture. In history and in life they are seen in competition. It is not that the one class of gifts is to be wholly despised and the other alone sought. A correct perspective must be established. It is the "glory" of a man that requires in the first place to be determined. After that is settled, all other things... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:23-24

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 , Habakkuk 3:18 , 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... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:23-24

False boasting and true confidence. I. FALSE BOASTING . 1. We are inclined to overvalue our own possessions . The wise man thinks wisdom the one source of security, the strong man strength, the rich man riches. That bulks most largely which lies most near to us. 2. The very good that is in a thing may deceive us by tempting us to overvalue it. Wisdom, strength, and riches are all good in their way. Trust in them is very different from trust in fraud and violence. Not... read more

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