Jeremiah 22:16

16 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.

Read Jeremiah 22:16 Using Other Translations

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well. Is not this to know me? declares the LORD.
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 .

What does Jeremiah 22:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 22:16

He judged the cause of the poor and needy
Who could not defend themselves against the rich and the mighty; he took their cause in hand, and, having heard it, determined it in their favour, and did them justice, as princes and civil magistrates ought to do: then [it was] well [with him];
this is repeated, not only to show the certainty of it, but that it might be observed, and his example followed: [was] not this to know me? saith the Lord;
it is not by words only, but by deeds, that men show that they know the Lord; for some in words profess to know him, who in works deny him; when princes do the duty of their office, they thereby declare that they know and own the Lord, by, and under whom, they reign; that they have the fear of him before their eyes; this is a practical knowledge of him, and is well pleasing to him. The Targum is,

``is not this the knowledge with which I am well pleased? saith the Lord.''
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