This is my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you, which all of you shall keep

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– every male among you is to be circumcised.


This is part of my covenant relationship with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you must be careful to follow completely, i.e. every male among you should be circumcised.



This verb is plural and means “all of you shall keep.”  It was usually used of things like “keeping watch.” It means “to be careful to observe,” or “take heed.” It was therefore used to indicate “be careful to obey.”