The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJoshua 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;
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":
``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;
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.