Joshua 5:9

9 The Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.

Joshua 5:9 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 5:9

And the Lord said unto Joshua
Out of the tabernacle:

this day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you;
either the reproach of being reckoned office same religion with the Egyptians, they now having observed the command of the Lord, and thereby declared themselves to be his servants and worshippers, which sense Ben Gersom mentions; or else the reproach with which the Egyptians reproached them, that they were brought out from them into the wilderness for evil, to be destroyed there, they now being safely arrived in the land of Canaan; which tense he seems to approve of, and so Abarbinel: or rather by it is meant the reproach of being bondmen, and slaves, as they were in Egypt, having now entered upon their inheritance, they as free men, the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were heirs unto; and perhaps it was this sense of the phrase led Josephus F3 to give a wrong interpretation of the word "Gilgal", which he says signifies "liberty": and adds,

``for, having passed the river, they knew they were free from the Egyptians, and from troubles in the wilderness;''

though the more commonly received sense is, that this reproach is to be understood of uncircumcision, which was the reproach of the Egyptians, they at this time not using circumcision they afterwards did, when some of the nations thereabout used it, who descended, from Abraham, as the Midianites, Ishmaelites, Arabians, and Edomites:

wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day;
which signifies "rolling" F4; so that when it is met with before, it is so called by anticipation.


F3 Antiqu. l. 5. c. 1. sect. 11.
F4 A (llg) "volvit, devolvit", Buxtorf.

Joshua 5:9 In-Context

7 So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
8 When the circumcising of all the nation was done, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed.
9 The Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt." And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
10 While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.
11 On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Related to Heb [galal] to roll
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