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15 Bible Verses about Circumcision

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Genesis 17:10

This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised.

Genesis 17:12

Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring,

Genesis 17:11

You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

Acts 7:8

Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision. After this, he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; Isaac did the same with Jacob, and Jacob with the 12 patriarchs.

John 7:22

“Consider this: Moses has given you circumcision—not that it comes from Moses but from the fathers—and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

Genesis 17:13

a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be marked in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.

Exodus 12:44

But any slave a man has purchased may eat it, after you have circumcised him.

Exodus 12:48

If a foreigner resides with you and wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may participate; he will become like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat it.

Galatians 5:3

Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law.

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Circumcision » General references to

Acts 15:1

Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved!”

Genesis 17:10

This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised.

Genesis 17:14

If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

Joshua 5:3

So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelite men at Gibeath-haaraloth.

Acts 16:3

Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Circumcision » Abrogated

Ephesians 2:15

He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Galatians 6:12

Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Acts 15:5-29

But some of the believers from the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to command them to keep the law of Moses!" Then the apostles and the elders assembled to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them: "Brothers, you are aware that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the gospel message and believe. read more.
And God, who knows the heart, testified to them by giving the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Why, then, are you now testing God by putting on the disciples' necks a yoke that neither our forefathers nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way they are." Then the whole assembly fell silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul describing all the signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. After they stopped speaking, James responded: "Brothers, listen to me! Simeon has reported how God first intervened to take from the Gentiles a people for His name. And the words of the prophets agree with this, as it is written: After these things I will return and will rebuild David's tent, which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins and will set it up again, so that those who are left of mankind may seek the Lord- even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does these things, which have been known from long ago. Therefore, in my judgment, we should not cause difficulties for those who turn to God from among the Gentiles, but instead we should write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from blood. For since ancient times, Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, and he is read aloud in the synagogues every Sabbath day." Then the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men from among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas: Judas, called Barsabbas, and Silas, both leading men among the brothers. They wrote this letter to be delivered by them: From the apostles and the elders, your brothers, To the brothers from among the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia: Greetings. Because we have heard that some to whom we gave no authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts, we have unanimously decided to select men and send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who will personally report the same things by word of mouth. For it was the Holy Spirit's decision-and ours-to put no greater burden on you than these necessary things: that you abstain from food offered to idols, from blood, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these things, you will do well. Farewell.

Circumcision » Figurative

Romans 15:8

For I say that the Messiah became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers,

Jeremiah 9:26

Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all the inhabitants of the desert who clip the hair on their temples. All these nations are uncircumcised, and the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”

Exodus 6:12

But Moses said in the Lord’s presence: “If the Israelites will not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am such a poor speaker?”

Circumcision » Spiritual

Deuteronomy 10:16

Therefore, circumcise your hearts and don’t be stiff-necked any longer.

Deuteronomy 30:6

The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live.

Jeremiah 4:4

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord;
remove the foreskin of your hearts,
men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem.
Otherwise, My wrath will break out like fire
and burn with no one to extinguish it
because of your evil deeds.

Romans 2:29

On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.

Circumcision » The name sometimes given to the jews

Acts 10:45

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

Galatians 2:9

When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Acts 11:2

When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision argued with him,

Romans 4:9

Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness.

More verses: Colossians 4:11

Circumcision » Figurative » A designation of the jews

Acts 10:45

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

Galatians 2:9

When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Ephesians 2:11

So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands.

Acts 11:2

When Peter went up to Jerusalem, those who stressed circumcision argued with him,

More verses: Colossians 4:11

Circumcision » Covenant promises of

Genesis 17:4-14

"As for Me, My covenant is with you, and you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. read more.
I will keep My covenant between Me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, as an everlasting covenant to be your God and the [God] of your offspring after you. And to you and your offspring after you I will give the land where you are residing-all the land of Canaan-as an eternal possession, and I will be their God." God also said to Abraham, "As for you, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations are to keep My covenant. This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you. Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring, a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant. If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."

Acts 7:8

Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision. After this, he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; Isaac did the same with Jacob, and Jacob with the 12 patriarchs.

Romans 3:1

So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?

Romans 4:11

And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.

Romans 9:7-13

Neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants. On the contrary, in Isaac your seed will be called. That is, it is not the children by physical descent who are God's children, but the children of the promise are considered seed. For this is the statement of the promise: At this time I will come, and Sarah will have a son. read more.
And not only that, but also when Rebekah became pregnant by Isaac our forefather (for though they had not been born yet or done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to election might stand, not from works but from the One who calls) she was told: The older will serve the younger. As it is written: Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.

More verses: Galatians 5:3

Circumcision » The jews » Despised as unclean those not of the

1 Samuel 14:6

Jonathan said to the attendant who carried his weapons, “Come on, let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will help us. Nothing can keep the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.”

1 Samuel 17:26

David spoke to the men who were standing with him: “What will be done for the man who kills that Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Just who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Matthew 15:26-27

He answered, "It isn't right to take the children's bread and throw it to their dogs." "Yes, Lord," she said, "yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table!"

Circumcision » Institution of

Genesis 17:10-14

This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you. Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring, read more.
a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant. If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."

Acts 7:8

Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision. After this, he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; Isaac did the same with Jacob, and Jacob with the 12 patriarchs.

Romans 4:11

And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.

John 7:22

“Consider this: Moses has given you circumcision—not that it comes from Moses but from the fathers—and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

Circumcision » What is more important than circumcision

Circumcision » Punishment for neglecting

Genesis 17:14

If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

Exodus 4:24

On the trip, at an overnight campsite, it happened that the Lord confronted him and sought to put him to death.

Exodus 4:26

So He let him alone. At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood,” referring to the circumcision.

Circumcision » Necessity of, asserted by false teachers

Acts 15:24

Because we have heard that some without our authorization went out from us and troubled you with their words and unsettled your hearts,

Galatians 6:12

Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Circumcision » The jews » Held no intercourse with those not of the

Acts 10:28

Peter said to them, “You know it’s forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner. But God has shown me that I must not call any person common or unclean.

Acts 11:3

saying, “You visited uncircumcised men and ate with them!”

Galatians 2:12

For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party.

Circumcision » Illustrative of » Purity of heart

Deuteronomy 10:16

Therefore, circumcise your hearts and don’t be stiff-necked any longer.

Deuteronomy 30:6

The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live.

Circumcision » Jesus Christ being a minister of the circumcision

Romans 15:8-9

Now I say that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written: Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and I will sing psalms to Your name.

Colossians 2:8-15

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For in Him the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. read more.
In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.

Circumcision » Sometimes performed on slain enemies

1 Samuel 18:25-27

Then Saul replied, "Say this to David: 'The king desires no other bride-price except 100 Philistine foreskins, to take revenge on his enemies.' " Actually, Saul intended to cause David's death at the hands of the Philistines. When the servants reported these terms to David, he was pleased to become the king's son-in-law. Before the wedding day arrived, David and his men went out and killed 200 Philistines. He brought their foreskins and presented them as full payment to the king to become his son-in-law. Then Saul gave his daughter Michal to David as his wife.

2 Samuel 3:14

Then David sent messengers to say to Ish-bosheth son of Saul, “Give me back my wife, Michal. I was engaged to her for the price of 100 Philistine foreskins.”

Circumcision » Saints the true spiritual

Circumcision » Who are the circumcision

Romans 2:28-29

For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God.

Circumcision » Without obedience, vain

Romans 2:25

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

Circumcision » Trusting to, a denial of Christ

Galatians 5:3-4

Again I testify to every man who gets circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law. You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace!

Circumcision » Abolished by the gospel

Ephesians 2:15

He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Ephesians 2:11

So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands.

Circumcision » Was performed » On the eighth day

Genesis 17:12

Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring,

Circumcision » Performed on all males on the eighth day

Philippians 3:5

circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee;

Genesis 17:12-13

Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring, a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.

Circumcision » Was performed » By the heads of families

Genesis 17:23

Then Abraham took his son Ishmael and all the slaves born in his house or purchased with his money—every male among the members of Abraham’s household—and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin on that very day, just as God had said to him.

Exodus 4:25

So Zipporah took a flint, cut off her son’s foreskin, and threw it at Moses’ feet. Then she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood to me!”

Circumcision » The jews » Held it unlawful to intermarry with those not of the

Genesis 34:14

“We cannot do this thing,” they said to them. “Giving our sister to an uncircumcised man is a disgrace to us.

Judges 14:3

But his father and mother said to him, “Can’t you find a young woman among your relatives or among any of our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised Philistines for a wife?”But Samson told his father, “Get her for me, because I want her.”

Circumcision » Necessary to enjoying the privileges of the jewish church

Ezekiel 44:7

When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, to occupy My sanctuary, you defiled My temple while you offered My food—the fat and the blood. You broke My covenant by all your detestable practices.

Exodus 12:48

If a foreigner resides with you and wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may participate; he will become like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat it.

Circumcision » A seal of the covenant

Romans 4:11

And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.

Genesis 17:11

You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

Circumcision » Without faith, vain

Circumcision » Described

Exodus 4:25

So Zipporah took a flint, cut off her son’s foreskin, and threw it at Moses’ feet. Then she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood to me!”

Genesis 17:11

You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you.

Circumcision » The jews » Denominated by

Acts 10:45

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.

Galatians 2:9

When James, Cephas, and John, recognized as pillars, acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to me and Barnabas, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.

Circumcision » Enforced by the law

John 7:22

“Consider this: Moses has given you circumcision—not that it comes from Moses but from the fathers—and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

Circumcision » Child named at the time of

Luke 1:59

When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father.

Luke 2:21

When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus—the name given by the angel before He was conceived.

Genesis 21:3-4

Abraham named his son who was born to him-the one Sarah bore to him-Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him.

Circumcision » Was performed » With knives of flint

Joshua 5:3

So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelite men at Gibeath-haaraloth.

Exodus 4:25

So Zipporah took a flint, cut off her son’s foreskin, and threw it at Moses’ feet. Then she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood to me!”

Circumcision » Bloody » Painful

Exodus 4:26

So He let him alone. At that time she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood,” referring to the circumcision.

Joshua 5:8

After the entire nation had been circumcised, they stayed where they were in the camp until they recovered.

Circumcision » Promises to abraham previous to

Romans 4:13

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Romans 4:9

Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness.

Circumcision » Performed by joshua at gilgal

Joshua 5:2

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelite men again.”

Joshua 5:7

Joshua raised up their sons in their place; it was these he circumcised. They were still uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way.

Circumcision » Instances of » Abraham

Genesis 17:23-27

Then Abraham took his son Ishmael and all the slaves born in his house or purchased with his money-every male among the members of Abraham's household-and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin on that very day, just as God had said to him. Abraham was 99 years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised, and his son Ishmael was 13 years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised. read more.
On that same day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. And all the men of his household-both slaves born in his house and those purchased with money from a foreigner-were circumcised with him.

Genesis 21:3-4

Abraham named his son who was born to him-the one Sarah bore to him-Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him.

Circumcision » Paul's argument against the continuance of

Romans 2:25

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

Romans 2:28

For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh.

Galatians 6:13

For even the circumcised don’t keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh.

Circumcision » The lord circumcising the heart of israel

Deuteronomy 30:1-6

"When all these things happen to you-the blessings and curses I have set before you-and you come to your senses [while you are] in all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and all your soul by doing everything I am giving you today, then He will restore your fortunes, have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. read more.
Even if your exiles are at the ends of the earth, He will gather you and bring you back from there. The Lord your God will bring you into the land your fathers possessed, and you will take possession of it. He will cause you to prosper and multiply you more than [He did] your fathers. The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and all your soul, so that you will live.

Circumcision » Neglect of, punished

Genesis 17:14

If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

Exodus 4:24

On the trip, at an overnight campsite, it happened that the Lord confronted him and sought to put him to death.

Circumcision » Was performed » On males home-born and bought

Genesis 17:12-13

Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring, a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant.

Circumcision » A seal of righteousness

Romans 4:11

And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.

Romans 2:25-29

For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law's requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision? A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision. read more.
For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and [true] circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart-by the Spirit, not the letter. His praise is not from men but from God.

Circumcision » First performed on abraham and his family

Genesis 17:24-27

Abraham was 99 years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised, and his son Ishmael was 13 years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised. On that same day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. read more.
And all the men of his household-both slaves born in his house and those purchased with money from a foreigner-were circumcised with him.

Circumcision » Called the » Concision

Circumcision » The covenant of circumcision

Genesis 17:1-14

When Abram was 99 years old, the Lord appeared to him, saying, "I am God Almighty. Live in My presence and be devout. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you greatly." Then Abram fell to the ground, and God spoke with him: read more.
"As for Me, My covenant is with you, and you will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you. I will keep My covenant between Me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, as an everlasting covenant to be your God and the [God] of your offspring after you. And to you and your offspring after you I will give the land where you are residing-all the land of Canaan-as an eternal possession, and I will be their God." God also said to Abraham, "As for you, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations are to keep My covenant. This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin to serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and you. Throughout your generations, every male among you at eight days old is to be circumcised. This includes a slave born in your house and one purchased with money from any foreigner. The one who is not your offspring, a slave born in your house, as well as one purchased with money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh as an everlasting covenant. If any male is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that man will be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."

Circumcision » Necessity of, denied by paul

Galatians 2:3-5

But not even Titus who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. [This issue arose] because of false brothers smuggled in, who came in secretly to spy on our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us. But we did not yield in submission to these people for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain for you.

Circumcision » Instituted by God

Genesis 17:9-10

God also said to Abraham, "As for you, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations are to keep My covenant. This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised.

Circumcision » Called the » Circumcision in the flesh

Ephesians 2:11

So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands.

Circumcision » Whose circumcision is made uncircumcision

Romans 2:25-27

For circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore if an uncircumcised man keeps the law's requirements, will his uncircumcision not be counted as circumcision? A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who fulfills the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter [of the law] and circumcision.

Circumcision » Accompanied with naming the child

Genesis 21:3-4

Abraham named his son who was born to him-the one Sarah bore to him-Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him.

Circumcision » Illustrative of » Readiness to hear and obey

Jeremiah 6:10

Who can I speak to and give such a warning
that they will listen?
Look, their ear is uncircumcised,
so they cannot pay attention.
See, the word of the Lord has become contemptible to them—
they find no pleasure in it.

Circumcision » Introductory jewish sacrament

Galatians 5:3

Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law.

Circumcision » Was performed » In the presence of the family, &c

Luke 1:58-61

Then her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her His great mercy, and they rejoiced with her. When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father. But his mother responded, "No! He will be called John." read more.
Then they said to her, "None of your relatives has that name."

Circumcision » Was performed » Even on the sabbath day

John 7:22-23

"Consider this: Moses has given you circumcision-not that it comes from Moses but from the fathers-and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses won't be broken, are you angry at Me because I made a man entirely well on the Sabbath?

Circumcision » Illustrative of » Purity of speech

Exodus 6:12

But Moses said in the Lord’s presence: “If the Israelites will not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I am such a poor speaker?”

Circumcision » Outward sign of

Romans 2:28

For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh.

Circumcision » Inward grace

Romans 2:29

On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.

Circumcision » Was performed » By persons in authority

Joshua 5:3

So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelite men at Gibeath-haaraloth.

Circumcision » Not performed in the wilderness

Joshua 5:5

Though all the people who came out were circumcised, none of the people born in the wilderness along the way were circumcised after they had come out of Egypt.

Circumcision » Paul denounced for opposing

Acts 21:21

But they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to abandon Moses, by telling them not to circumcise their children or to walk in our customs.

Circumcision » Instances of » Israelites at gilgal

Joshua 5:2-9

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, "Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelite men again." So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelite men at Gibeath-haaraloth. This is the reason Joshua circumcised [them]: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males-all the men of war-had died in the wilderness along the way after they had come out of Egypt. read more.
Though all the people who came out were circumcised, none of the people born in the wilderness along the way were circumcised after they had come out of Egypt. For the Israelites wandered in the wilderness 40 years until all the nation's men of war who came out of Egypt had died off because they did not obey the Lord. So the Lord vowed never to let them see the land He had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey. Joshua raised up their sons in their place; it was these he circumcised. They were still uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way. After the entire nation had been circumcised, they stayed where they were in the camp until they recovered. The Lord then said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the disgrace of Egypt from you." Therefore, that place has been called Gilgal to this day.

Circumcision » Performed on timothy as a matter or expediency because of the jews

Acts 16:3

Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Circumcision » Instances of » Shechemites

Genesis 34:24

All the able-bodied men listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and all the able-bodied men were circumcised.

Circumcision » Called the » Covenant of circumcision

Acts 7:8

Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision. After this, he fathered Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; Isaac did the same with Jacob, and Jacob with the 12 patriarchs.

Circumcision » A prerequisite of the privileges of the passover

Exodus 12:48

If a foreigner resides with you and wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, every male in his household must be circumcised, and then he may participate; he will become like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat it.

Circumcision » Rite of, observed on the sabbath

John 7:23

If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses won’t be broken, are you angry at Me because I made a man entirely well on the Sabbath?

Circumcision » Characterized by paul as a yoke

Acts 15:10

Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?

Circumcision » Instances of » John the baptist

Luke 1:59

When they came to circumcise the child on the eighth day, they were going to name him Zechariah, after his father.

Circumcision » Instances of » Timothy

Acts 16:3

Paul wanted Timothy to go with him, so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Circumcision » Instances of » moses

Exodus 4:25

So Zipporah took a flint, cut off her son’s foreskin, and threw it at Moses’ feet. Then she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood to me!”

Circumcision » Instances of » Jesus

Luke 2:21

When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus—the name given by the angel before He was conceived.

Circumcision » Instances of » Paul

Philippians 3:5

circumcised the eighth day; of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; regarding the law, a Pharisee;

Circumcision » Figurative » A designation of Christians

Circumcision » Necessity of, falsely taught by judaizing Christians

Acts 15:1

Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved!”

Circumcision » Neglected

Joshua 5:7

Joshua raised up their sons in their place; it was these he circumcised. They were still uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way.

the Human nature of Christ » Is proved by his » Circumcision

Luke 2:21

When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus—the name given by the angel before He was conceived.

Seals » Illustrative of » Circumcision

Romans 4:11

And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also.

Spiritual » Physical inflicted physical healed » Circumcision

Deuteronomy 10:16

Therefore, circumcise your hearts and don’t be stiff-necked any longer.

Deuteronomy 30:6

The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love Him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live.

Jeremiah 4:4

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord;
remove the foreskin of your hearts,
men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem.
Otherwise, My wrath will break out like fire
and burn with no one to extinguish it
because of your evil deeds.

Romans 2:29

On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.

Topics on Circumcision

Circumcision, physical

Genesis 17:10-14

This is My covenant, which you are to keep, between Me and you and your offspring after you: Every one of your males must be circumcised.

Necessity Of Circumcision

Genesis 34:22

But the men will agree to live with us and be one people only on this condition: if all our men are circumcised as they are.

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