|New International Version (©2011)|
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh--
New Living Translation (©2007)
"A time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit--
English Standard Version (©2001)
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh—
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised--
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)
"The days are coming"--the LORD's declaration--"when I will punish all the circumcised yet uncircumcised:
International Standard Version (©2012)
"Look, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I'll punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh:
NET Bible (©2006)
The LORD says, "Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh.
GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will punish all them who are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
American King James Version
Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
American Standard Version
Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will punish all them that are circumcised in their uncircumcision:
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, and I will visit upon every one that hath the foreskin circumcised.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, days are coming, saith Jehovah, when I will visit all them that are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
English Revised Version
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised in their uncircumcision;
Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them who are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
World English Bible
Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will punish all those who are circumcised in [their] uncircumcision:
Young's Literal Translation
Lo, days are coming -- an affirmation of Jehovah, And I have laid a charge on all circumcised in the foreskin,
|Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary|
9:23-26 In this world of sin and sorrow, ending soon in death and judgement, how foolish for men to glory in their knowledge, health, strength, riches, or in any thing which leaves them under the dominion of sin and the wrath of God! and of which an account must hereafter be rendered; it will but increase their misery. Those are the true Israel who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Let us prize the distinction which comes from God, and will last for ever. Let us seek it diligently.
Verses 25, 26. - A further enforcement of the doctrine that no outward privileges, if dissociated from inward moral vitality, will avail. Verse 25. - All them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; rather, all the circumcised in uncircumcision, or, as Ewald turns it, "all the uncircumcised-circumcised." But what does this enigmatical expression signify? Hitzig, Graf, and apparently Dr. Payne Smith, think that it has a twofold meaning: that, as applied to the Jews, it means circumcised in the flesh, but not in heart, and, as applied to the heathen, simply uncircumcised (the one-half of the phrase neutralizing the other, like "a knife without the blade," "angels with horns and hoofs," etc.). The latter meaning, however, is surely very improbable, and it would only become necessary if it were proved that circumcision was practiced by none of the nations mentioned but the Jews. This is not the case. There is no doubt that the Egyptians were circumcised in very early times (see the drawing of a bas-relief in the Temple of Chunsu at Karnak, given by Dr. Ebers in his 'Egypten und die Bucher Meets'). The assertion that only the priests underwent the operation has no older evidence than that of Origen (edit. Lommatzsch, 4:138), "in whose time it is quite possible that the Egyptians, like the later Jews, sought to evade a peculiarity which exposed them to ridicule and contempt." As to the Ammonites and Moabites, we have, unfortunately, no information. With regard to the Edomites, it is true that, according to Josephus ('Antiq.,' 13:9, 1), they were compelled to accept circumcision by John Hyrcanus. But it is still quite possible that, at an earlier period, the rite was practiced, just as it was among the ancient Arabs, the evidence for which is beyond question (see the writer's article, "Circumcision," in Encyclopaedia Britannica, 9th edit.). (On the statement that "all these [the] nations are uncircumcised," see below.)
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord,.... Or, "are coming" (h); it seems to respect the time after the Babylonish captivity, when the punishment after threatened took place, and not before:
that I will punish all them that are circumcised with the uncircumcised; Jews and Gentiles together. The circumcised. Jews trusting in their circumcision, and being, as is said in the next verse, uncircumcised in heart, were no better than the uncircumcised Gentiles; wherefore both being transgressors of the law, and despisers of the Gospel of Christ, are threatened with destruction; see Romans 2:12.
(h) "dies sunt venientes", Schmidt, Montanus; "venturi sunt", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
25. with the uncircumcised—rather, "all that are circumcised in uncircumcision" [Henderson]. The Hebrew is an abstract term, not a concrete, as English Version translates, and as the pious "circumcised" is. The nations specified, Egypt, Judah, &c., were outwardly "circumcised," but in heart were "uncircumcised." The heathen nations were defiled, in spite of their literal circumcision, by idolatry. The Jews, with all their glorying in their spiritual privileges, were no better (Jer 4:4; De 10:16; 30:6; Ro 2:28, 29; Col 2:11). However, Eze 31:18; 32:19, may imply that the Egyptians were uncircumcised; and it is uncertain as to the other nations specified whether they were at that early time circumcised. Herodotus says the Egyptians were so; but others think this applies only to the priests and others having a sacred character, not to the mass of the nation; so English Version may be right (Ro 2:28, 29).
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Weeping in Jerusalem
…24But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, said the LORD. 25Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; 26Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person's praise is not from other people, but from God.
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,
1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."
1 Samuel 17:26
David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"
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.
"'Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword. "'This is Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"
Say to them, 'Are you more favored than others? Go down and be laid among the uncircumcised.'