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25-26 The Lord says, “The time is coming when I will punish the people of Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and the desert people, who have their hair cut short.[a] All these people are circumcised, but have not kept the covenant it symbolizes. None of these people and none of the people of Israel have kept my covenant.”

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  1. Jeremiah 9:25 The desert people cut their hair short in honor of their god, a pagan practice forbidden to the Israelites (see Lv 19.27).