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Jeremiah 9:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will punish all them that are circumcised in [their] uncircumcision:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all [them which are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised—
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all [them who are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Behold, days are coming, saith Jehovah, when I will visit all [them that are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lo! days are coming, Declareth Yahweh,—When I will bring punishment upon every one circumcised, With him that is uncircumcised:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lo, days are coming—an affirmation of Jehovah, And I have laid a charge on all circumcised in the foreskin,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, and I will visit upon every one that hath the foreskin circumcised.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Behold, the dayes come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised, with the vncircumcised,
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will visit upon all the circumcised their uncircumcision;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will punish all [them which are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Behold, x2009
(2009) Complement
הִנֵּה
hinneh
{hin-nay'}
Prolonged for H2005; lo!.
the days 3117
{3117} Prime
יוֹם
yowm
{yome}
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
come, 935
{0935} Prime
בּוֹא
bow'
{bo}
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
saith 5002
{5002} Prime
נְאֻם
n@'um
{neh-oom'}
From H5001; an oracle.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
Yhw יָהוֶה, 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
that I will punish 6485
{6485} Prime
פָּקַד
paqad
{paw-kad'}
A primitive root; to visit (with friendly or hostile intent); by analogy to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit, etc.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
[them which are] circumcised 4135
{4135} Prime
מוּל
muwl
{mool}
A primitive root; to cut short, that is, curtail (specifically the prepuce, that is, to circumcise); by implication to blunt; figuratively to destroy.
z8803
<8803> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Passive (See H8815)
Count - 1415
with the uncircumcised; 6190
{6190} Prime
עָרְלָה
`orlah
{or-law'}
Feminine of H6189; the prepuce.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Jeremiah 9:25

_ _ 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 (Jeremiah 4:4; Deuteronomy 10:16; Deuteronomy 30:6; Romans 2:28, Romans 2:29; Colossians 2:11). However, Ezekiel 31:18; Ezekiel 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 (Romans 2:28, Romans 2:29).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Jeremiah 9:23-26.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Jeremiah 9:25

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all [them who are] (t) circumcised with the uncircumcised;

(t) Meaning, both Jews and Gentiles, as in this next verse he shows the cause, (Jeremiah 4:4).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
that:

Ezekiel 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 32:19-32 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised. ... For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with [them that are] slain with the sword, [even] Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.
Amos 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Romans 2:8-9 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, ... Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Romans 2:25-26 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. ... Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
Galatians 5:2-6 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. ... For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

punish:
Heb. visit upon
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There is also a spiritual meaning to this verse (as there may be many more) related to us today. This verse is talking about a contaminated witness. What this means is God desires that when we accept Him into our hearts we are to smash every idol in our hearts before Him. It means our seperation in conduct and behaviour from the conduct and behaviour of the world - towards the things of God. If His people have circumcised their hearts then they cannot continue to dwell , in their thoughts and immaginations , in the world . We are IN the world but not OFF the world . God will punnish them who say they are circumcised in their hearts but have not been able to come into a distinction of that IN and OFF. Why is conduct and behaviour so important to God ? Because whatever has control of it is actually principle and whatever is principle in one's life is actually his/her god apart from Yeshua. Therefore as the Lord says - be Holy as I AM is Holy.

- Keys of David (10/25/2011 12:11:15 PM)
Dear Linda,

That's a good question! (What does the bible verse Jeremiah 9:25 mean?) When I compare the ASV to the KJV, I get two very different translations:

ASV: I will punish all them that are circumcised in [their] uncircumcision:

KJV: I will punish all [them which are] circumcised with the uncircumcised;

However, from looking at the Hebrew, it seems to say:

...I-will-visit-upon all cut in-foreskin...

This may suggest a simpler meaning from a more literal translation, such as the YLT:

YLT: I have laid a charge on all circumcised in the foreskin,
- SamP (10/25/2011 5:36:56 AM)
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