Luke 23:54
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New International Version
It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

New Living Translation
This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation, as the Sabbath was about to begin.

English Standard Version
It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.

Berean Study Bible
It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning.

Berean Literal Bible
And it was the Day of Preparation, and Sabbath was just beginning.

New American Standard Bible
It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

King James Bible
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It was preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

International Standard Version
It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning.

NET Bible
It was the day of preparation and the Sabbath was beginning.

New Heart English Bible
It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The day was Friday and the Sabbath was beginning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It was Friday, and the day of worship was just beginning.

New American Standard 1977
And it was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

King James 2000 Bible
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath was coming on.

American King James Version
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

American Standard Version
And it was the day of the Preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it was the day of the Parasceve, and the sabbath drew on.

Darby Bible Translation
And it was preparation day, and [the] sabbath twilight was coming on.

English Revised Version
And it was the day of the Preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Webster's Bible Translation
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Weymouth New Testament
It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was near at hand.

World English Bible
It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near.

Young's Literal Translation
And the day was a preparation, and sabbath was approaching,
Study Bible
The Burial of Jesus
53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had yet been laid. 54It was the Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was just beginning. 55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was placed.…
Cross References
Matthew 27:62
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and Pharisees assembled before Pilate.

Mark 15:42
Now it was already evening. Since it was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath),

Luke 23:53
Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had yet been laid.
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And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Matthew 27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief …

John 19:14,31,42 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: …

(54) That day was the preparation.--See Note on Matthew 27:52.

The sabbath drew on.--Literally, the Sabbath was dawning. It is a question whether the word is used here of the actual beginning of the Sabbath--which was, of course, at sunset after the Crucifixion--or, as St. Matthew appears to use it (28:1), for the actual dawn. The later Rabbis appear to have spoken of the day "dawning" in the sense of its beginning at sunset, and so far support the former interpretation. It was possible, however, under the emergencies of the case, that the entombment began before the sunset, and may have been finished during the night, or that, in common speech and usage, the Sabbath, though theoretically beginning on Friday evening at sunset, was not practically recognised till Saturday at sunrise.

Verse 54. - And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. It was the preparation for the sabbath, but more especially for the great Passover Feast. St. John, for this reason, calls the coming sabbath "a high day." Drew on; literally began to dawn; although the sabbath began at sunset, the whole time of darkness was regarded as anticipatory of the dawn. The evening of Friday was sometimes even called "the daybreak." And that day was the preparation,.... Both for the sabbath, and for the "Chagigah", or grand festival, which they kept on the fifteenth day of the month, in a very pompous manner; so that the day following was an high day;

and the sabbath drew on, or "shone out"; which is so said, though it was evening, on account of the lights, which were every where, in every house, lighted up at this time, and which they were, by their traditions, obliged to: for so run their canons (c);

"three things a man is obliged to say in the midst of his house on the evening of the sabbath, when it is near dark, have ye tithed? have ye mixed? (i.e. the borders of the sabbath, the courts and food) , "light the lamp".''

This was what could by no means be dispensed with; for so they say (d),

"the lighting of the lamp on the sabbath is not in a man's power, (or at his liberty,) if he pleases he may light, and if not, he may not light.----But it is what he is obliged to, and every man and woman are bound to have in their houses a lamp lighted up on the sabbath; and though he has nothing to eat, he must beg, and get oil, and light a lamp; for this is included in the delight of the sabbath.----And he that lights, ought to light within the day, before the setting of the sun.''

So that when these lamps were every where lighting, before the sun was set, and the sabbath properly come, it might be said to draw on, or to be shining forth. Besides, it was usual to call the evening of any day by the name of "light": thus it is said (e),

, on the light (i.e. the night) of the fourteenth (of the month "Nisan"), they search for leaven, &c.''

So that the evangelist might, very agreeably to the way of speaking with the Jews, say, that the sabbath was enlightening, or growing light, though the evening was coming on.

(c) Misn. Sabbat, c. 2. sect. 7. (d) Maimon. Hilch. Sabbat, c. 5. sect. 1, 3.((e) Misn. Pesachim, c. 1. sect. 1.23:50-56 Many, though they do not make any show in outward profession, yet, like Joseph of Arimathea, will be far more ready to do real service, when there is occasion, than others who make a greater noise. Christ was buried in haste, because the sabbath drew on. Weeping must not hinder sowing. Though they were in tears for the death of their Lord, yet they must prepare to keep holy the sabbath. When the sabbath draws on, there must be preparation. Our worldly affairs must be so ordered, that they may not hinder us from our sabbath work; and our holy affections so stirred up, that they may carry us on in it. In whatever business we engage, or however our hearts may be affected, let us never fail to get ready for, and to keep holy, the day of sacred rest, which is the Lord's day.
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