This is a list of passages in the Bible containing the word, “foreskin” and “circumcise.” When you read these, ask yourself how many of them sound perfectly wise, like some God would write, and how many sound more like a bunch of primitive tribesmen projecting their customs, values, and goals into an apparently barbaric ancient mythology. The Jewish culture didn’t just slightly influence the teachings in The Bible. It’s the manifesto of Jewish culture, and taken on a whole, it paints a clear picture of a tribal theocracy using violence to subdue its citizens and neighbors.
I challenge you to look up the context of these quotes on Bible Gateway.com or listen to the full chapters on YouTube. In most cases, you’ll either find a longer trainwreck of barbarism or at least more inapplicable, culturally-relative values, customs, and beliefs.
The number of absurd verses in the Bible point to the fact that, on a whole, by anybody’s standards, it’s not divine. Put yourself to the test. The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible made a list of every commandment in the Bible, titled “Every Jot And Tittle.” If you go through them and check which ones you agree with and practice, you’re going to pass over more than you tick. Nobody follows the majority of the Bible’s teachings because most of it is either immoral or archaic.
You may find some passages in the list below that sound positive and teach useful information, but you’ll find more that contradict the good ones. The Bible gets more wrong than it gets right, and you shouldn’t revere a broken clock for stating the obvious twice a day.
Exodus 4:25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s FORESKIN and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said.
1 Samuel 18:25 Saul replied, “Say to David, ‘The king wants no other price for the bride than a hundred Philistine FORESKINS, to take revenge on his enemies.’” Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines.
1 Samuel 18:27 David took his men with him and went out and killed two hundred Philistines and brought back their FORESKINS. They counted out the full number to the king so that David might become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him his daughter Michal in marriage.
2 Samuel 3:14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine FORESKINS.”
Genesis 17:10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be CIRCUMCISED.
Genesis 17:11 You are to undergo CIRCUMCISION, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.
Genesis 17:12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be CIRCUMCISED, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring.
Genesis 17:13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be CIRCUMCISED. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.
Genesis 17:14 Any UNCIRCUMCISED male, who has not been CIRCUMCISED in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
Genesis 17:23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and CIRCUMCISED them, as God told him.
Genesis 17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was CIRCUMCISED,
Genesis 17:26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both CIRCUMCISED on that very day.
Genesis 17:27 And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was CIRCUMCISED with him.
Genesis 21:4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham CIRCUMCISED him, as God commanded him.
Genesis 34:14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not CIRCUMCISED. That would be a disgrace to us.
Genesis 34:15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
Genesis 34:17 But if you will not agree to be CIRCUMCISED, we’ll take our sister and go.”
Genesis 34:22 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be CIRCUMCISED, as they themselves are.
Genesis 34:24 All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was CIRCUMCISED.
Exodus 4:26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to CIRCUMCISION.)
Exodus 12:44 Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have CIRCUMCISED him,
Exodus 12:48 “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household CIRCUMCISED; then he may take part like one born in the land. No UNCIRCUMCISED male may eat it.
Leviticus 12:3 On the eighth day the boy is to be CIRCUMCISED.
Deuteronomy 10:16CIRCUMCISE your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer.
Deuteronomy 30:6 The Lord your God will CIRCUMCISE your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Joshua 5:2 [ CIRCUMCISION and Passover at Gilgal ] At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and CIRCUMCISE the Israelites again.”
Joshua 5:3 So Joshua made flint knives and CIRCUMCISED the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.
Joshua 5:5 All the people that came out had been CIRCUMCISED, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not.
Joshua 5:7 So he raised up their sons in their place, and these were the ones Joshua CIRCUMCISED. They were still UNCIRCUMCISED because they had not been CIRCUMCISED on the way.
Joshua 5:8 And after the whole nation had been CIRCUMCISED, they remained where they were in camp until they were healed.
Jeremiah 4:4 CIRCUMCISE yourselves to the Lord, CIRCUMCISE your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it.
Jeremiah 9:25 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will punish all who are CIRCUMCISED only in the flesh—
Luke 1:59 On the eighth day they came to CIRCUMCISE the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah,
Luke 2:21 On the eighth day, when it was time to CIRCUMCISE the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
John 7:22 Yet, because Moses gave you CIRCUMCISION (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you CIRCUMCISE a boy on the Sabbath.
John 7:23 Now if a boy can be CIRCUMCISED on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath?
Acts 7:8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of CIRCUMCISION. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and CIRCUMCISED him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.
Acts 10:45 The CIRCUMCISED believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles.
Acts 11:2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the CIRCUMCISED believers criticized him
Acts 15:1 [ The Council at Jerusalem ] Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are CIRCUMCISED, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”
Acts 15:5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be CIRCUMCISED and required to keep the law of Moses.”
Acts 16:3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he CIRCUMCISED him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Acts 21:21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to CIRCUMCISE their children or live according to our customs.
Romans 2:25 CIRCUMCISION has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been CIRCUMCISED.
Romans 2:26 So then, if those who are not CIRCUMCISED keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were CIRCUMCISED?
Romans 2:27 The one who is not CIRCUMCISED physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and CIRCUMCISION, are a lawbreaker.
Romans 2:28 A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is CIRCUMCISION merely outward and physical.
Romans 2:29 No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and CIRCUMCISION is CIRCUMCISION of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.
Romans 3:1 [ God’s Faithfulness ] What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in CIRCUMCISION?
Romans 3:30 since there is only one God, who will justify the CIRCUMCISED by faith and the UNCIRCUMCISED through that same faith.
Romans 4:9 Is this blessedness only for the CIRCUMCISED, or also for the UNCIRCUMCISED? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness.
Romans 4:10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was CIRCUMCISED, or before? It was not after, but before!
Romans 4:11 And he received CIRCUMCISION as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still UNCIRCUMCISED. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been CIRCUMCISED, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.
Romans 4:12 And he is then also the father of the CIRCUMCISED who not only are CIRCUMCISED but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was CIRCUMCISED.
1 Corinthians 7:18 Was a man already CIRCUMCISED when he was called? He should not become UNCIRCUMCISED. Was a man UNCIRCUMCISED when he was called? He should not be CIRCUMCISED.
1 Corinthians 7:19CIRCUMCISION is nothing and UNCIRCUMCISION is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.
Galatians 2:3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be CIRCUMCISED, even though he was a Greek.
Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the UNCIRCUMCISED, just as Peter had been to the CIRCUMCISED.
Galatians 2:8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the CIRCUMCISED, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles.
Galatians 2:9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the CIRCUMCISED.
Galatians 2:12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the CIRCUMCISION group.
Galatians 5:2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be CIRCUMCISED, Christ will be of no value to you at all.
Galatians 5:3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be CIRCUMCISED that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither CIRCUMCISION nor UNCIRCUMCISION has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Galatians 5:11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching CIRCUMCISION, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.
Galatians 6:11 [ Not CIRCUMCISION but the New Creation ] See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
Galatians 6:12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be CIRCUMCISED. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
Galatians 6:13 Not even those who are CIRCUMCISED keep the law, yet they want you to be CIRCUMCISED that they may boast about your CIRCUMCISION in the flesh.
Galatians 6:15 Neither CIRCUMCISION nor UNCIRCUMCISION means anything; what counts is the new creation.
Ephesians 2:11 [ Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ ] Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “UNCIRCUMCISED” by those who call themselves “the CIRCUMCISION” (which is done in the body by human hands)—
Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the CIRCUMCISION, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Philippians 3:5 CIRCUMCISED on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
Colossians 2:11 In him you were also CIRCUMCISED with a CIRCUMCISION not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were CIRCUMCISED by Christ,
Colossians 3:11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, CIRCUMCISED or UNCIRCUMCISED, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Titus 1:10 [ Rebuking Those Who Fail to Do Good ] For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the CIRCUMCISION group.