The commandments of God (1 Cor. 7:19)

“Neither circumcision counts

For anything

Nor uncircumcision.

But keeping

The commandments of God

Counts.”

ἡ περιτομὴ οὐδέν ἐστιν, καὶ ἡ ἀκροβυστία οὐδέν ἐστιν, ἀλλὰ τήρησις ἐντολῶν Θεοῦ.

Paul said that neither circumcision counts (ἡ περιτομὴ οὐδέν ἐστιν) for anything nor did uncircumcision count for anything (καὶ ἡ ἀκροβυστία οὐδέν ἐστιν).  But keeping the commandments of God (ἀλλὰ τήρησις ἐντολῶν Θεοῦ) counts for everything.  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀκροβυστίᾳ, that means the prepuce, foreskin, or uncircumcision.  Paul was clear, neither circumcision or uncircumcision had any value.  What was more important were the commandments of God as outlined by Moses in the Ten Commandments.  Circumcision was no longer a sign of the new covenant as it had been in the old Jewish Mosaic covenant.  Do you keep the commandments of God?

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