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And it came to pass when they had finished circumcising all the nation, that they stayed in their place in the camp until they were living again. Bible

“until they were living again.” The Hebrew is literally “until their living” [“their living again”]. Although it does refer to the men being healed, and most English versions have “healed” or a similar word, the Hebrew text is communicating more than that, because there are other words that specifically mean “healed” that God could have used here but did not. Although there is a sense in which a sick or hurt person was not really “living” in the full sense of the word, there is a greater truth here, because now, being circumcised, the men of Israel were back in the covenant of God and back being obedient to the Law, and were not “cut off” from life and the nation. Genesis 17:14 says, “The uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul will be cut off from his people. He has broken my covenant.” Trent Butler (Word Biblical Commentary) correctly observes, “The new generation receives new life.”


Commentary for: Joshua 5:8