The Circumcision – Joshua 5

Joshua 5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the  Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and  all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea,  heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from  before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that  their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more,  because of the children of Israel.    

Joshua 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee  sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the  second time. 

Joshua 5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and  circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.  

Joshua 5:4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise:  All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males,  even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way,  after they came out of Egypt. 

Joshua 5:5 Now all the people that  came out were circumcised: but all the people that were  born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of  Egypt, them they had not circumcised. 

Joshua 5:6 For the  children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till  all the people that were men of war, which came out of  Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice  of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would  not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their  fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk  and honey. 


Joshua 5:7 And their children, whom he raised up  in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were  uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by  the way. 

Joshua 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done  circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places  in the camp, till they were whole. 

Joshua 5:9 And the LORD said  unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of  Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is  called Gilgal unto this day.  

Joshua 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and  kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even  in the plains of Jericho. 

Joshua 5:11 And they did eat of the old  corn of the land on the morrow after the passover,  unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.  

Joshua 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they  had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the  children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the  fruit of the land of Canaan that year.  

Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho,  that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there  stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his  hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art  thou for us, or for our adversaries?  

Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of  the LORD am I now come. And 
Joshua fell on his face to  the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith  my lord unto his servant? 

Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the  LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy  foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And  Joshua did so.  KJV


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