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Leviticus 23:38 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(38) Beside the sabbaths.—By a figure of speech called metonymy, which is frequently used both in the Old and New Testaments, the expression sabbaths stands here for the sacrifices of the sabbaths, just as in Lev. 25:6 “sabbath of the land” denotes the produce of the sabbath of the land, or of the sabbatic year, and as the phrase “it is written in the prophets” (Mar. 1:2) is used for “it is written in the writings of the prophets.” (Comp. also Mat. 5:17; Mat. 7:12; Mat. 22:40, &c.) The meaning, therefore, of the passage before us is that the sacrifices ordered for each of these festivals are to be in addition to the sacrifices appointed to each weekly sabbath in the year; so that when one of these festivals falls on a sabbath, the sacrifices due to the latter are not set aside by the former. Both must be offered in their proper order.

Beside your gifts.—Nor are they to interfere with the voluntary offerings which each individual brought privately (Deu. 16:10; Deu. 16:17; 2Ch. 25:7-8), or with the performance of vows (Deu. 12:6-12).

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 23:38 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 23:38 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 23:38 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 23:38 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:38 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 23:38 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 23:38 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 23:38 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 23:38 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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