Romans 2:25

“For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For Circumcision verily profiteth if thou keepe the Law: but if thou be a breaker of the Law, thy Circumcision is made vncircumcision.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For circumcision indeed profiteth, if thou be a doer of the law: but if thou be a transgressor of the law, thy circumcision is become uncircumcision.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is true that circumcision is of use if you keep the law, but if you go against the law it is as if you had it not.
- Basic English Bible

For circumcision indeed profits if thou keep [the] law; but if thou be a law-transgressor, thy circumcision is become uncircumcision.
- Darby Bible

For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keepest the law; but if thou art a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
- Webster's Bible

Circumcision does indeed profit, if you obey the Law; but if you are a Law-breaker, the fact that you have been circumcised counts for nothing.
- Weymouth Bible

For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
- World English Bible

For circumcisioun profitith, if thou kepe the lawe; but if thou be a trespassour ayens the lawe, thi circumsicioun is maad prepucie.
- Wycliffe Bible

For circumcision, indeed, doth profit, if law thou mayest practise, but if a transgressor of law thou mayest be, thy circumcision hath become uncircumcision.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Romans 2:25


2:25 Circumcision indeed profiteth - He does not say, justifies. How far it profited is shown in the third and fourth chapters. Thy circumcision is become uncircumcision - is so already in effect. Thou wilt have no more benefit by it than if thou hadst never received it. The very same observation holds with regard to baptism.


People's Bible Notes for Romans 2:25


Ro 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth. The Jew was wont to fall back on his circumcision, as some still do on some outward ordinance. His answer to Paul is, Are we not the circumcised? Are not the circumcised the people of the covenant? He replied, "I admit that circumcision availeth, if one keeps law. The outward observance profits if one be a law-doer; that is, complies with its moral commandments. But if he fails to do this, his circumcision is as worthless as though he was uncircumcised". The effect of habitual transgression is to annul the covenant.

Discussion for Romans 2:25

  • In this and all references to circumcision in the New Testament St. Paul seems to mean that if a man has ever sinned--and we 're all told by ministers and priests and rabbis?! that each of us has "in Adam 's Fall, we sinned all " . Therefore, a circumcised man may as well not be circumcised in the first place. He has had broken his covenant with God. Whether or not one appears circumcised physically, how one thinks is what counts. Romans 2:25 and Galatians 5:2-3 in particular reiterate this. Thus circumcision is a medical operation that 's often a superfluous waste of time.

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