Joshua circumcises the male Israelites (again)
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
When the Amorites and Canaanites heard that God had dried up the Jordan so the Israelites could cross over, their
At that time the LORD
said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the
children of Israel the second time.
God said to Joshua,
Make sharp knives and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 
And Joshua made him
sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of
So Joshua made some sharp knives and circumcised the Israelites at the hill of the foreskins.
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.
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 circumcised all the male Israelites, since all the males who left Egypt during the Exodus had died.
And those that were born in the wilderness after leaving Egypt hadn't yet been circumcised.
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.
All the males who left Egypt during the Exodus died in the wilderness because they disobeyed God. [2
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.
But the males who were born in the wilderness hadn't yet been circumcised.
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.
After the mass circumcision, the Israelites stayed at the hill of the foreskins until the males had
recovered from their circumcisions.
Joshua meets the captain of God's army
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
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.
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.
God said to Joshua,
Today I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.
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.
At this time the Israelites stopped eating manna and began to eat the fruit of the land of Canaan.
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?
When Joshua was near Jericho, he saw a man with a sword.
Joshua said to him,
Are you for us or our adversaries?
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?
The man said,
No, I'm captain of the host of the Lord.
And Joshua fell on his face
to worship him, and said,
What do you have to say to me?
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
And the captain of the Lord's host said to Joshua,
Take off you shoe, because you're standing on holy ground.
So Joshua took off his shoe.
- The LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children
of Israel the second time. (v.2)
It sounds like God is telling Joshua to repeat the circumcision of males who were previously circumcised.
But no, the males who left Egypt were circumcised before leaving (and were killed
by God since then).
However the males born since leaving Egypt hadn't yet been circumcised.
So God told Joshua to circumcise all these males
at "the hill of the foreskins."
This apparently is the "second" circumcision referred to in v. 2.
- All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness.
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