Leviticus 23:8 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(8) But ye shall offer.—Better, and ye shall offer. In addition to the daily ordinary sacrifices, there were offered on this day, and on the following six days, two young bullocks, a ram, and seven lambs of the first year, with meat offerings for a burnt offering, and a goat for a sin offering (Num. 28:19-23). Be sides these public sacrifices, there were the voluntary offerings which were made by every private individual who appeared before the Lord in Jerusalem (Exo. 23:15; Deu. 16:16), and which, according to the practice during the second Temple, consisted of (1) a burnt offering of not less in value than sixteen grains of corn; (2) a festive offering called chagigah, the minimum value of which was thirty-two grains of corn; and (3) a peace or joyful offering (Deu. 27:7), the value of which was left to be determined by the good will of the offerer in accordance with Deu. 27:7. These victims were offered with the ritual prescribed in Lev. 3:1-5; Lev. 7:16-18; Lev. 7:29-34.

In the seventh day . . . ye shall do no servile work.—This was, in all respects, celebrated like the first, with the exception that it did not commence with the paschal meal. During the intervening days the people indulged in public amusements, as dances, songs, games, &c, to fill up the time in harmony with the joyful and solemn character of the festival. They were also allowed to irrigate dry land, dig watercourses, repair conduits, reservoirs, roads, &c.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 23:8 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 23:8 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 23:8 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 23:8 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:8 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 23:8 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 23:8 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 23:8 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 23:8 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 23:8 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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