The Covenant of Circumcision
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty17:1 Hebrew El-Shaddai; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5No longer will you be called Abram17:5 Abram means exalted father.; your name will be Abraham,17:5 Abraham probably means father of many. for I have made you a father of many nations. 6I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
9Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12For 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. 13Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”
15God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
17Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
19Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.17:19 Isaac means he laughs. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” 22When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.
23On 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. 24Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25and his son Ishmael was thirteen; 26Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day. 27And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.
1亚伯兰九十九岁那年，耶和华向他显现说：“我是全能的上帝。你要遵行我的旨意，做纯全无过的人。 2我要与你立约，我要使你子孙极其兴旺。” 3亚伯兰就俯伏在地，上帝又对他说： 4“我要与你立约，你必成为许多民族的始祖。 5以后你的名字不再叫亚伯兰，要改为亚伯拉罕17:5 “亚伯拉罕”意思是“万族之父”。，因为我要立你为万族之父。 6我要使你的子孙极其兴旺，许多民族和君王必从你而出。 7我要和你并你的子子孙孙立永恒的约，我要做你和你子孙的上帝。 8我要把你现在寄居的整个迦南赐给你和你的后裔永远作产业，我也必做他们的上帝。”
9上帝又对亚伯拉罕说：“你和你的子孙世世代代都要遵守我的约。 10你们所有的男子都要受割礼，这是我与你和你的子孙所立的约，你们要遵守。 11你们都要割包皮，作为我与你们立约的记号。 12你们世世代代的男子在出生后的第八日都要接受割礼。在你家里出生的和用钱从外族人那里买来的奴仆也要受割礼。 13不论是在你家里生的，还是你用钱买来的男子，都要接受割礼，这样你们的肉体上就有我永恒之约的记号。 14任何没有接受割礼的男子，要将他从民中铲除，因为他违背了我的约。”
15上帝对亚伯拉罕说：“你的妻子以后不要叫撒莱，她的名字要叫撒拉。 16我必赐福给她，让她为你生一个儿子。她必成为万族的母亲，万民的君王必从她而出。” 17亚伯拉罕就俯伏在地，笑了起来，心想：“我一百岁了，还能有孩子吗？撒拉已经九十岁了，还能生养吗？” 18亚伯拉罕对上帝说：“愿以实玛利蒙你赐福。” 19上帝说：“不，你妻子撒拉必为你生一个儿子，你要给他取名叫以撒，我必向他和他的后代坚守我的约，直到永远。 20至于以实玛利，我已听见你的祈求，我必赐福给他，使他的后代极其兴旺昌盛。他必做十二个族长的父亲，我必使他成为大国。 21撒拉必在明年这时候给你生以撒，我必向他坚守我的约。” 22上帝说完以后，便离开亚伯拉罕上升而去。
23亚伯拉罕就在那天照着上帝的吩咐，为儿子以实玛利和家中所有的男子，不论是在家中出生的，还是买回来的，都行了割礼。 24亚伯拉罕接受割礼的时候九十九岁。 25他的儿子以实玛利接受割礼的时候十三岁。 26他们父子二人就在那天接受了割礼。 27亚伯拉罕家里所有的男子，包括家中出生的和买回来的，都一起接受了割礼。