Jeremiah 22:16
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.

Berean Study Bible
He took up the cause of the poor and needy, and so it went well with him. Is this not 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.

New King James Version
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; Then it was well. Was not this knowing Me?” says the LORD.

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

NASB 1995
“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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
“He defended the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then all was well. Is that not what it means to know Me?” Says the LORD.

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.

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.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He judged the judgment of the poor and of the afflicted, and did what is beautiful; whoever does these things knows me, says LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They understood not, they judged not the cause of the afflicted, nor the cause of the poor: is not this thy not knowing me? saith the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
That's what it means to truly know me. So he lived a comfortable life and always had enough to eat and drink.

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?

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.

Good News Translation
He gave the poor a fair trial, and all went well with him. That is what it means to know 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.

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?

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.

Literal Standard Version
He decided the cause of the poor and needy, Then [it is] well—is it not to know Me?” A declaration of YHWH.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Warning about Jehoiakim
15Does it make you a king to excel in cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He administered justice and righteousness, and so it went well with him. 16He took up the cause of the poor and needy, and so it went well with him. Is this not what it means to know Me?” declares the LORD. 17“But your eyes and heart are set on nothing except your own dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood, on practicing extortion and oppression.”…

Cross References
1 Chronicles 28:9
As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intent of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

Psalm 36:10
Extend Your loving devotion to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

Psalm 72:1
Endow the king with Your justice, O God, and the son of the king with Your righteousness.

Psalm 72:12
For he will deliver the needy who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper.

Psalm 82:3
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; uphold the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.

Proverbs 31:9
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the poor and needy.

Jeremiah 9:24
But 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.


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: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

Job 29:12-17
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him…

Psalm 72:1-4,12,13
A Psalm for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son…

was not.

Jeremiah 9:3,16,24
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD…

Jeremiah 31:33,34
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…

1 Samuel 2:2
There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.









(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).



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He took up
דָּ֛ן (dān)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1777: A straight course, sail direct

the cause
דִּין־ (dîn-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1779: Judgement, strife

of the poor
עָנִ֥י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and needy,
וְאֶבְי֖וֹן (wə·’eḇ·yō·wn)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 34: In want, needy, poor

and so
אָ֣ז (’āz)
Adverb
Strong's 227: At that time, place, therefore

it went well.
ט֑וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

Is this
הִ֛יא (hî)
Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

not
הֲלוֹא־ (hă·lō·w-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

what it means to know
הַדַּ֥עַת (had·da·‘aṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1847: Knowledge

Me?”
אֹתִ֖י (’ō·ṯî)
Direct object marker | first person common singular
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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