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Leviticus 23:21 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(21).And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day.—This proclamation was made to the people by the priest with trumpet blasts.

Ye shall do no servile work.—For what constituted servile work, see Lev. 23:7.

A statute for ever . . . . —See Lev. 23:14, Lev. 3:17; Lev. 7:23-25. In accordance with this declaration, and with the fact that the Jews during the second Temple regarded it as the day on which the Decalogue was given, the Israelites to this day sacredly keep this festival on the 6th and 7th of Sivan, i.e. between the second half of May and the first half of June. From their circumstances, however, the harvest character of the festival is now subordinate, and more prominence is given to its commemorating the giving of the Law on Sinai. Still the synagogues and the private houses are adorned with flowers and odoriferous herbs. The male members of the community purify themselves for its celebration by immersion and confession of sin, and many of them spend all night in their respective places of worship.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 23:21 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 23:21 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 23:21 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:21 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 23:21 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 23:21 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 23:21 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 23:21 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:21 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)