Jeremiah 9:25
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New International Version
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh--

New Living Translation
"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
“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
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised--

King James Bible
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"The days are coming"--the LORD's declaration--"when I will punish all the circumcised yet uncircumcised:

International Standard Version
"Look, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I'll punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh:

NET Bible
The LORD says, "Watch out! The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, the days come," says the LORD, "that I will punish all those who are circumcised in uncircumcision:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them that are circumcised in their uncircumcision:

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised—

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will visit all those who are circumcised with the uncircumcised:

King James 2000 Bible
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
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,
Study Bible
Weeping in Jerusalem
24but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. 25"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised-- 26Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart."…
Cross References
Romans 2:25
Circumcision has value if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Romans 2:28
A man is not a Jew because he is one outwardly, nor is circumcision only outward and physical.

Romans 2:29
No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise does not come from men, but from God.

Leviticus 26:41
I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies-- or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity,

1 Samuel 14:6
Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few."

1 Samuel 17:26
Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?"

Jeremiah 4:4
"Circumcise yourselves to the LORD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Or else My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds."

Ezekiel 31:18
"To which among the trees of Eden are you thus equal in glory and greatness? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth beneath; you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. So is Pharaoh and all his hordes!"' declares the Lord GOD."

Ezekiel 32:19
'Whom do you surpass in beauty? Go down and make your bed with the uncircumcised.'
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

that.

Ezekiel 28:10 You shall die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: …

Ezekiel 32:19-32 Whom do you pass in beauty? go down, and be you laid with the uncircumcised…

Amos 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore …

Romans 2:8,9,25,26 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

Galatians 5:2-6 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall …

punish. Heb. visit upon.

(25) I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised.--The passage is difficult, but the English verse is misleading. Better, I will punish all those that are circumcised in uncircumcision--all, i.e., who have the outward sign, but not the inward purity of which it was the symbol. In the day of God's judgments (this being the connecting link with the preceding verse) there would be no difference between the Jew and other races who like him practised circumcision on the one hand, and the outlying heathen world on the other. Here, again, Jeremiah anticipated St. Paul, "To the Jew first, and also to the Gentile; for there is no respect of persons with God" (Romans 2:9). The true circumcision is that which is "in the spirit, not in the letter" (Romans 2:29).

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.) 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. 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, etc., 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).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.
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