New International Version
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.
King James Bible
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Darby Bible Translation
For he is not a Jew who [is] one outwardly, neither that circumcision which is outward in flesh;
World English Bible
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;
Young's Literal Translation
For he is not a Jew who is so outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in flesh;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For he is not a Jew - A genuine member of the Church of God, who has only an outward profession.
Neither is that circumcision - Circumcision is a rite which represents a spiritual thing, viz. the change and purification of the heart, as may be seen, Jeremiah 4:4, Jeremiah 4:6, Jeremiah 4:10; Jeremiah 9:26; Ezekiel 44:7, Ezekiel 44:9.
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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.
"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh--
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do what Abraham did.
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;
It is not as though God's word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.
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