100 Bible Verses about Circumcision Of The Heart

Deuteronomy 30:6 ESV / 198 helpful votes

And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Romans 2:29 ESV / 167 helpful votes

But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Jeremiah 4:4 ESV / 162 helpful votes

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.”

Deuteronomy 10:16 ESV / 151 helpful votes

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.

Colossians 2:11 ESV / 116 helpful votes

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

Philippians 3:3 ESV / 114 helpful votes

For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—

Romans 2:28-29 ESV / 99 helpful votes

For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

1 Corinthians 7:19 ESV / 90 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:6 ESV / 88 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Romans 2:25-29 ESV / 79 helpful votes

For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Galatians 6:15 ESV / 78 helpful votes

For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

Romans 4:11 ESV / 75 helpful votes

He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,

Jeremiah 9:25 ESV / 71 helpful votes

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh—

Ephesians 2:11 ESV / 65 helpful votes

Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—

Romans 2:25 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 63 helpful votes

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Acts 15:1-41 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” ...

Romans 2:28 ESV / 60 helpful votes

For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical.

Genesis 17:1-27 ESV / 58 helpful votes

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. ...

Colossians 2:11-13 ESV / 56 helpful votes

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

Jeremiah 6:10 ESV / 55 helpful votes

To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the Lord is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.

Romans 2:27 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.

Acts 15:1 ESV / 54 helpful votes

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

Colossians 3:11 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Romans 2:1-29 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. ...

Leviticus 12:3 ESV / 48 helpful votes

And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

Genesis 17:10 ESV / 48 helpful votes

This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.

Romans 3:30 ESV / 47 helpful votes

Since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.

Acts 7:51 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

Deuteronomy 30:1-20 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. ...

Luke 2:21 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Romans 2:26 ESV / 44 helpful votes

So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?

Jeremiah 9:25-26 ESV / 44 helpful votes

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”

Acts 7:8 ESV / 43 helpful votes

And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

Galatians 2:3 ESV / 41 helpful votes

But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.

Genesis 17:14 ESV / 41 helpful votes

Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

1 Corinthians 7:18 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision.

Galatians 5:11 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.

Romans 9:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel,

John 7:22 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath.

Genesis 17:10-14 ESV / 38 helpful votes

This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

Genesis 17:9 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.

Colossians 2:8-15 ESV / 37 helpful votes

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. ...

Galatians 2:12 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.

Titus 1:10 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.

1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

Exodus 6:12 ESV / 36 helpful votes

But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?”

Genesis 17:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.

2 Corinthians 10:18 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Romans 3:1-2 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.

Acts 16:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:17 ESV / 35 helpful votes

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Galatians 6:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes

It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

Acts 10:45 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.

John 12:43 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

Galatians 5:2-3 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.

2 Corinthians 3:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Romans 7:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

Matthew 3:9 ESV / 33 helpful votes

And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham.

Genesis 17:13 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant.

John 7:23 ESV / 32 helpful votes

If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well?

Exodus 4:24-26 ESV / 32 helpful votes

At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

Philippians 3:2 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.

Romans 4:9-12 ESV / 31 helpful votes

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Luke 1:59 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father,

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 4:9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.

Romans 3:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?

Romans 1:1-32 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, ...

Acts 15:24 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions,

Colossians 2:11-12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Galatians 5:3 ESV / 27 helpful votes

I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law.

John 5:44 ESV / 27 helpful votes

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Joshua 5:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.”

Genesis 21:4 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

Romans 4:10 ESV / 26 helpful votes

How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised.

Acts 16:1-40 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. ...

Acts 10:44-48 ESV / 26 helpful votes

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.

Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV / 26 helpful votes

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Exodus 4:26 ESV / 26 helpful votes

So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

Genesis 49:10 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Romans 8:13 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

John 3:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Genesis 17:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring,

Galatians 3:29 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Ezekiel 44:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

In admitting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary, profaning my temple, when you offer to me my food, the fat and the blood. You have broken my covenant, in addition to all your abominations.

Exodus 12:48 ESV / 23 helpful votes

If a stranger shall sojourn with you and would keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised. Then he may come near and keep it; he shall be as a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.

Genesis 17:23 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all those born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as God had said to him.

Galatians 5:1-26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. ...

1 Corinthians 7:18-19 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.

John 8:39 ESV / 22 helpful votes

They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,

Ezekiel 36:26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Romans 2:27-29 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Acts 15:5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

Leviticus 26:41 ESV / 21 helpful votes

So that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity,

Colossians 2:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Colossians 2:11-14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Philippians 3:5 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee;

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