Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision

Genesis 17

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD a appeared to Abram and said to him, b "I am 1 Almighty God; c walk before Me and be d blameless. 2 "And I will make My e covenant between Me and you, and f will multiply you exceedingly." 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be g a father of 2 many nations. 5 "No longer shall h your name be called 3 Abram, but your name shall be 4 Abraham; i for I have made you a father of 5 many nations. 6 "I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make j nations of you, and k kings shall come from you. 7 "And I will l establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, m to be God to you and n your descendants after you. 8 "Also o I give to you and your descendants after you the land p in 6 which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and q I will be their God."

9 And God said to Abraham: "As for you, r you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 "This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: s Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 "and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be t a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 "He who is eight days old among you u shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 "He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 "And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person v shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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