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Leviticus 23:36 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(36) Seven days ye shall offer.—The special sacrifices for this day consisted of a burnt offering of thirteen bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs, with an appropriate meat and drink offering, and a goat for a sin offering (Num. 29:12-38). Whereupon were offered the peace offerings, the vows and the free-will offerings which constituted the repasts of the people. Whilst these sacrifices were being offered up the Levites chanted the festive Hallel, as on the feasts of Passover and Pentecost. This was repeated every day during the seven days of the festival, only that the number of animals offered as sacrifices diminished daily during the middle days of the festival, according to the prescription in Num. 29:12-38. On the eve of the second day, or what is called the lesser festival, and on each of the five succeeding nights, was celebrated the “Rejoicing of the water-drawingin the court of the Temple. Four huge golden candelabra were lighted in the centre of the court, and the light emanating from them was visible to the whole city. Around these lights pious men danced before the people with lighted flambeaux in their hands, singing hymns and songs of praise, whilst the Levites, who were stationed on the fifteen steps which led into the women’s court, and which corresponded to the fifteen psalms of degrees, i.e., steps (Psalms 120-134), accompanied the songs with instrumental music. It is supposed that on the last evening of the festival, when the splendid light of this grand illumination was to cease, Christ called attention to himself, “I am the light of the world” (Joh. 8:12), which is to shine for ever, and illuminate not only the Temple and the holy city, but all the world.

On the eighth day shall be an holy convocation.—That is, like the first day, since no servile work is to be done on it. As it is not only the finishing of the feast of Tabernacles, but the conclusion of the whole cycle of festivals, the dwelling in tabernacles is to cease on it.

Ye shall offer.—For this reason the sacrifices offered on this day are to be distinct, and unlike the sacrifices of the preceding days. The burnt sacrifice is to consist of one bullock, one ram, and seven lambs, with the appropriate meat and drink offerings, and one goat for a sin offering. (Num. 29:36-38.) Being, however, attached to the feast of Tabernacles, the two festivals are often joined together, and spoken of as one festival of eight days.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 23:36 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 23:36 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 23:36 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Leviticus 23:36 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 23:36 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 23:36 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 23:36 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:36 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 23:36 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 23:36 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 23:36 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 23:36 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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