Romans 2:25
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New International Version
Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.

New Living Translation
The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God's law. But if you don't obey God's law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile.

English Standard Version
For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.

Berean Study Bible
Circumcision has value if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Berean Literal Bible
For circumcision profits if you do the Law; but if you are a transgressor of Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

New American Standard Bible
For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

King James Bible
For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

International Standard Version
For circumcision is valuable if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your having been circumcised has no more value than if you were uncircumcised.

NET Bible
For circumcision has its value if you practice the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

New Heart English Bible
For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For circumcision is beneficial, if you will perfectly observe The Written Law, but if you depart from The Written Law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
For example, circumcision is valuable if you follow Moses' laws. If you don't follow those laws, your circumcision amounts to uncircumcision.

New American Standard 1977
For indeed circumcision is of value, if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For circumcision verily profits if thou keep the law, but if thou art a rebel to the law, thy circumcision is made into a foreskin.

King James 2000 Bible
For circumcision verily profits, if you keep the law: but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.

American King James Version
For circumcision truly profits, if you keep the law: but if you be a breaker of the law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.

American Standard Version
For circumcision indeed profiteth, if thou be a doer of the law: but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is become uncircumcision.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Circumcision profiteth indeed, if thou keep the law; but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Darby Bible Translation
For circumcision indeed profits if thou keep [the] law; but if thou be a law-transgressor, thy circumcision is become uncircumcision.

English Revised Version
For circumcision indeed profiteth, if thou be a doer of the law: but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is become uncircumcision.

Webster's Bible Translation
For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keepest the law; but if thou art a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Weymouth New Testament
Circumcision does indeed profit, if you obey the Law; but if you are a Law-breaker, the fact that you have been circumcised counts for nothing.

World English Bible
For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.

Young's Literal Translation
For circumcision, indeed, doth profit, if law thou mayest practise, but if a transgressor of law thou mayest be, thy circumcision hath become uncircumcision.
Study Bible
The Jews and the Law
24As it is written: “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 25Circumcision has value if you observe the Law, but if you break the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26If a man who is not circumcised keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?…
Cross References
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."

Jeremiah 9:25
"Behold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised--

Romans 2:13
For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous.

Romans 2:26
If a man who is not circumcised keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?

Romans 2:27
The one who is physically uncircumcised yet keeps the Law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

1 Corinthians 7:19
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commandments is what matters.

Galatians 5:3
Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole Law.

Galatians 6:13
For the circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
Treasury of Scripture

For circumcision truly profits, if you keep the law: but if you be a breaker of the law, your circumcision is made uncircumcision.

circumcision.

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

Romans 3:1,2 What advantage then has the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision…

Romans 4:11,12 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

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

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

Galatians 5:3-6 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is …

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, …

Ephesians 2:11,12 Why remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…

but if.

Romans 2:23 You that make your boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonor you God?

Jeremiah 9:25,26 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

(25-29) This section forms a connecting-link with the opening of the next chapter. "The characteristic mark and badge of the Jew has two sides, the one outward and formal, the other inward and real. Its essence consists in the latter, and without this inward circumcision the outward profits nothing. It is not necessary to be born a Jew to possess it." Precisely the same language might be applied to the Christian sacraments, or to the privileges of any particular communion. Privileges they may be, but they depend for their efficacy entirely upon the disposition of the heart which underlies them.

(25) Is made.--Is become,--ipso facto, "is reduced to the case of."

Verses 25, 26. - For circumcision verily profiteth (not justifieth, but only profiteth: it is of advantage, and no unmeaning rite, if thou understandest and carriest out its meaning; it introduces thee into a state of knowledge and opportunity, and certainty of Divine favour), if thou keep the Law: but if thou be a transgressor of the Law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the Law, shall not his uncircumcision he counted for circumcision? Here, again, as in vers. 10, 11, 14, 15, the impartiality of God's dealings with all men alike is distinctly declared. For circumcision verily profiteth,.... The plea from circumcision in favour of the Jews, and their acceptance with God, and justification before him, is here, and in the following verses, considered. The apostle allows that circumcision was profitable; which must be understood whilst it was in force, before the abrogation of it, for since, it is not profitable but pernicious; and then it was only profitable, in case the law was kept:

if thou keepest the law; that is, perfectly; for circumcision obliged persons to keep the whole law. Now the circumcised Jews did not keep it in such sense; wherefore circumcision was of no use to them, but, on the contrary, was an handwriting against them.

But if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision; that is, it is not accounted circumcision; it is of no avail; such a man was all one as an uncircumcised Gentile, and appeared to be uncircumcised in a spiritual sense: the apostle perhaps alludes to a practice among some of the Jews, to bring on and draw over the foreskin, after they had been circumcised; See Gill on 1 Corinthians 7:18. 25-29. For circumcision—that is, One's being within the covenant of which circumcision was the outward sign and seal.

verily profiteth, if thou keep the law—if the inward reality correspond to the outward sign.

but if, etc.—that is, "Otherwise, thou art no better than the uncircumcised heathen."2:25-29 No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith. For he is no more a Christian now, than he was really a Jew of old, who is only one outwardly: neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh: but he is the real Christian, who is inwardly a true believer, with an obedient faith. And the true baptism is that of the heart, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; bringing a spiritual frame of mind, and a willing following of truth in its holy ways. Let us pray that we may be made real Christians, not outwardly, but inwardly; in the heart and spirit, not in the letter; baptized, not with water only, but with the Holy Ghost; and let our praise be, not of men, but of God.
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