1 Corinthians 7:19
New International Version
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts.

New Living Translation
For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God's commandments.

English Standard Version
For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.

Berean Study Bible
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commandments is what matters.

Berean Literal Bible
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God.

New American Standard Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

King James Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Christian Standard Bible
Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter. Keeping God's commands is what matters.

Contemporary English Version
Being circumcised or uncircumcised isn't really what matters. The important thing is to obey God's commands.

Good News Translation
For whether or not a man is circumcised means nothing; what matters is to obey God's commandments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter, but keeping God's commands does.

International Standard Version
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but obeying God's commandments is everything.

NET Bible
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Instead, keeping God's commandments is what counts.

New Heart English Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For circumcision is not anything, neither uncircumcision, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Circumcision is nothing, and the lack of it is nothing. But keeping what God commands is everything.

New American Standard 1977
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing but the keeping of the commandments of God.

King James 2000 Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

American King James Version
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

American Standard Version
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing: but the observance of the commandments of God.

Darby Bible Translation
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but keeping God's commandments.

English Revised Version
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing: obedience to God's commandments is everything.

World English Bible
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Young's Literal Translation
the circumcision is nothing, and the uncircumcision is nothing -- but a keeping of the commands of God.
Study Bible
Live Your Calling
18Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man still uncircumcised when called? He should not be circumcised. 19Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commandments is what matters. 20Each one should remain in the situation he was in when he was called.…
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 2:26
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.

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.

Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. All that matters is faith, expressed through love.

Galatians 6:15
For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. What counts is a new creation.

Colossians 3:11
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, but Christ is all and is in all.

Treasury of Scripture

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Circumcision.

1 Corinthians 8:8
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

Romans 2:25-29
For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision…

Romans 3:30
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

but.

1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Jeremiah 7:22,23
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: …

Matthew 5:19
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.







Lexicon
Circumcision
περιτομὴ (peritomē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4061: Circumcision. From peritemno; circumcision.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

nothing
οὐδέν (ouden)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

uncircumcision
ἀκροβυστία (akrobystia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 203: From akron and probably a modified form of posthe; the prepuce; by implication, an uncircumcised state or person.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

nothing.
οὐδέν (ouden)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

Keeping
τήρησις (tērēsis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5084: A prison; observance (as of precepts). From tereo; a watching, i.e. observance, or a prison.

God’s
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

commandments [is what matters].
ἐντολῶν (entolōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1785: An ordinance, injunction, command, law. From entellomai; injunction, i.e. An authoritative prescription.
(19) Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing.--Often those who regard some ceremony as unimportant magnify the very disregard of it into a necessary virtue. The Apostle carefully guards against that by expressing the nothingness of both circumcision and uncircumcision (Romans 2:25; Galatians 5:6; Galatians 6:15). The circumcision of Timothy, and the refusal to circumcise Titus by St. Paul himself, are illustrations at once of the application of the truth here enforced, and of the Apostle's scrupulous adherence to the principles of his own teaching. To have refused to circumcise Timothy would have attached some value to non-circumcision. To have circumcised Titus would have attached some value to circumcision. (See Acts 16:3; Galatians 2:3.)

But the keeping of the commandments of God is everything, understood. The teaching here is, practically, "To obey is better than sacrifice."

Verse 19. - Circumcision is nothing. The Jews regarded it as everything; and to make this assertion at so early an epoch of Christian history, required all the courage of St. Paul, and proved his grand originality. He was the first to prove to the Jews that circumcision had become a thing intrinsically indifferent, which might, under some circumstances, be desirable (as in the case of Timothy), but could never be reckoned among essentials. And uncircumcision is nothing. The same sentence occurs three times in St. Paul, summing up, as it were, the liberty which it had cost him endless peril and anguish to achieve. Each time he concludes it with a weighty clause to show what is everything: "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God" (ver. 19); "... but faith which worketh by love" (Galatians 5:6); "... but a new creation" (Galatians 6:15). But the keeping of the commandments. So St. John says, "Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." 7:17-24 The rules of Christianity reach every condition; and in every state a man may live so as to be a credit to it. It is the duty of every Christian to be content with his lot, and to conduct himself in his rank and place as becomes a Christian. Our comfort and happiness depend on what we are to Christ, not what we are in the world. No man should think to make his faith or religion, an argument to break through any natural or civil obligations. He should quietly and contentedly abide in the condition in which he is placed by Divine Providence.
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