Deuteronomy 10:16
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New International Version
Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.

New Living Translation
Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn.

English Standard Version
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.

New American Standard Bible
"So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.

King James Bible
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, circumcise your hearts and don't be stiff-necked any longer.

International Standard Version
Therefore, circumcise your heart and stop being stubborn.

NET Bible
Therefore, cleanse your heart and stop being so stubborn!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So circumcise your uncircumcised hearts, and don't be impossible to deal with any longer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Circumcise, therefore, the foreskin of your heart, and no longer be stiffnecked.

King James 2000 Bible
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.

American King James Version
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

American Standard Version
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.

Darby Bible Translation
Circumcise then the foreskin of your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.

English Revised Version
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

Webster's Bible Translation
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.

World English Bible
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have circumcised the foreskin of your heart, and your neck ye do not harden any more;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:12-22 We are here taught our duty to God in our principles and our practices. We must fear the Lord our God. We must love him, and delight in communion with him. We must walk in the ways in which he has appointed us to walk. We must serve him with all our heart and soul. What we do in his service we must do cheerfully, and with good will. We must keep his commandments. There is true honour and pleasure in obedience. We must give honour to God; and to him we must cleave, as one we love and delight in, trust in, and from whom we have great expectations. We are here taught our duty to our neighbour. God's common gifts to mankind oblige us to honour all men. And those who have themselves been in distress, and have found mercy with God, should be ready to show kindness to those who are in the like distress. We are here taught our duty to ourselves. Circumcise your hearts. Cast away all corrupt affections and inclinations, which hinder you from fearing and loving God. By nature we do not love God. This is original sin, the source whence our wickedness proceeds; and the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be; so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God, Ro 8:5-9. Let us, without delay or reserve, come and cleave to our reconciled God in Jesus Christ, that we may love, serve, and obey him acceptably, and be daily changed into his image, from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord. Consider the greatness and glory of God; and his goodness and grace; these persuade us to our duty. Blessed Spirit! Oh for thy purifying, persevering, and renewing influences, that being called out of the state of strangers, such as our fathers were, we may be found among the number of the children of God, and that our lot may be among the saints.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - They were, therefore, to lay aside all insensibility of heart and all obduracy, to acknowledge God's supremacy, to imitate his beneficence, and to fear and worship him. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart. As circumcision was the symbol of purification and sign of consecration to God, so the Israelites are enjoined to realize in fact what that rite symbolized, viz. purity of heart and receptivity for the things of God. This is enforced by the consideration that Jehovah the alone God, the Almighty, is mighty and terrible without respect to persons, and at the same time is a righteous Judge, and the Protector of the helpless and destitute.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart,.... Content not yourselves with, nor put your confidence in outward circumcision of the flesh, but be concerned for the circumcision of the heart; for removing from that whatever is disagreeable to the Lord, even all carnality, sensuality, hypocrisy, and superfluity of naughtiness, and for having that put there which is well pleasing in his sight; and which though it is the work of God, and he only can do it and has promised it, yet such an exhortation is made to bring men to a sense of their need of it, and of the importance of it, and to show how agreeable it is to the Lord, and so to stir them up to seek unto him for it; see Deuteronomy 30:6.

and be no more stiffnecked; froward, obstinate, and disobedient, as they had been hitherto; Deuteronomy 9:6.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart—Here he teaches them the true and spiritual meaning of that rite, as was afterwards more strongly urged by Paul (Ro 2:25, 29), and should be applied by us to our baptism, which is "not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God" [1Pe 3:21].

Deuteronomy 10:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Obedience
15"Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day. 16"So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer. 17"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.…
Cross References
Genesis 17:11
You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.

Leviticus 26:41
which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies--then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin,

Deuteronomy 9:6
Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.

Deuteronomy 9:13
And the LORD said to me, "I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!

Deuteronomy 30:6
The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

Jeremiah 4:4
Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it.

Ezekiel 44:7
In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant.
Treasury of Scripture

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

Circumcise

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of …

Leviticus 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary to them, and have brought them …

Jeremiah 4:4,14 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of …

Romans 2:28,29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, …

Colossians 2:11 In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands…

stiff-necked

Deuteronomy 9:6,13 Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good …

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

James 4:6,7 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but …

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