Those who want to make a good impression outwardly1 are trying to compel you to be circumcised.2 The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted3 for the cross of Christ.
Not even those who are circumcised obey the law,4 yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.514
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,6 through whicha the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.715
Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything;8 what counts is a new creation.916
Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks10 of Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ11 be with your spirit,12 brothers. Amen.