The Lord says,
“Wise people should not boast that they are wise.
Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. 2
Rich people should not boast that they are rich. 3
9:24 If people want to boast, they should boast about this:
They should boast that they understand and know me.
They should boast that they know and understand
that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth
and that I desire people to do these things,” 4
says the Lord.
9:25 The Lord says, “Watch out! 5 The time is soon coming when I will punish all those who are circumcised only in the flesh. 6 9:26 That is, I will punish the Egyptians, the Judeans, the Edomites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, and all the desert people who cut their hair short at the temples. 7 I will do so because none of the people of those nations are really circumcised in the Lord’s sight. 8 Moreover, none of the people of Israel 9 are circumcised when it comes to their hearts.” 10