Boast in the Lord (2 Cor. 10:17)

“Let him who boasts,

Boast in the Lord.”

Ὁ δὲ καυχώμενος ἐν Κυρίῳ καυχάσθω·

Paul said, “Let him who boasts (Ὁ δὲ καυχώμενος), boast in the Lord (ἐν Κυρίῳ καυχάσθω).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχώμενος and καυχάσθω, that means to boast or exult proudly.  This is a paraphrase of the prophet Jeremiah, chapter 9:23-24, who had said, “Thus says Yahweh.  ‘Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom!  Do not let the mighty boast in their might!  Do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth!  But let those who boast, boast in this! They understand me.  They know me.  I am Yahweh.  I act with steadfast love.  I act with justice.  I act with righteousness in the earth.  In these things, I delight.’ says Yahweh.”  Yahweh warned, via Jeremiah, that the wise should not boast in their wisdom.  The mighty should not boast in their might.  The wealthy should not boast in their wealth.  If they want to boast it should be in understanding and knowing Yahweh.  He should be their boast, because he acts with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness.  Yahweh delights in those things.  Thus, Paul wanted to boast in the Lord just like the prophet Jeremiah.  Do you boast in the Lord?

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