Luke 23:56
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New International Version
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

New Living Translation
Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

English Standard Version
Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Berean Study Bible
Then they returned to prepare spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Berean Literal Bible
And having returned, they prepared spices and anointing oils. And they rested indeed on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

New American Standard Bible
Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

King James Bible
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

International Standard Version
Then they went back and prepared spices and perfumes, and on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

NET Bible
Then they returned and prepared aromatic spices and perfumes. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

New Heart English Bible
They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they returned, and prepared sweet spices and ointment, and on the Sabbath they rested according to that which had been commanded.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they went back to the city and prepared spices and perfumes. But on the day of worship they rested according to the commandment.

New American Standard 1977
And they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.

      And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

King James 2000 Bible
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

American King James Version
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

American Standard Version
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. And on the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And returning, they prepared spices and ointments; and on the sabbath day they rested, according to the commandment.

Darby Bible Translation
And having returned they prepared aromatic spices and ointments, and remained quiet on the sabbath, according to the commandment.

English Revised Version
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. And on the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested on the sabbath, according to the commandment.

Weymouth New Testament
Then they returned, and prepared spices and perfumes. On the Sabbath they rested in obedience to the Commandment.

World English Bible
They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

Young's Literal Translation
and having turned back, they made ready spices and ointments, and on the sabbath, indeed, they rested, according to the command.

Study Bible
The Burial of Jesus
55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how His body was placed. 56Then they returned to prepare spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
Cross References
Exodus 20:10
but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.

Deuteronomy 5:14
but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Mark 16:1
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could go and anoint Jesus' body.

Luke 24:1
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared.
Treasury of Scripture

And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

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Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother …

rested.

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Isaiah 58:13,14 If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure …

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(56) They returned, and prepared spices and ointments.--This seems at first inconsistent with their "buying" spices after the Sabbath was over (Luke 24:1). Possibly, we have two groups of women--the two Maries and "Joanna and the others" (Luke 24:10)--taking part in the same work; possibly, what they did on the Friday afternoon or evening was not enough, and it was necessary to buy more spices as soon as shops were open on Saturday evening.

Rested the sabbath day.--It is noticeable that this is the only record in the Gospels of that memorable Sabbath. Can we picture to ourselves how it was spent by those who had taken part in the great drama of the previous day;--Caiaphas and the priests officiating in the Temple services of that day, after their hurried Passover, just in time to fulfil the bare letter of the law, on the previous afternoon; the crowds that had mocked and scoffed on Golgotha crowding the courts of the Temple, or attending in the synagogues of Hebrew or Hellenistic Jews; scribes and Pharisees preaching sermons on the history and meaning of the Passover, and connecting it with the hope of a fresh deliverance for Israel? And the disciples, where were they? scattered each to his own lodging, or meeting in the guest-chamber where they had eaten their Paschal supper, or, as that was apparently a new room to them (Luke 22:8-9), in some other inn or lodging in the city, or its suburbs? On that Sabbath, John and Peter must have met, and the penitent must have found in his friend's love the pledge and earnest of his Lord's forgiveness; and the Twelve and the Seventy must, in groups of twos or threes, have mourned over the failure of their hopes; and the women have comforted themselves with the thought that they could at least show their reverence for the Lord they loved as they had never shown it before; and Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimatha have rested with satisfaction in the thought that they could honour a dead prophet without the danger that had attached to honouring a living one, or have reproached themselves for the cowardice which had kept them from any open confession till it was too late, and mourned over the irrevocable past. The records are silent, but the imagination which turns the dead chronicles of history into a living drama has here, within due limits, legitimate scope for action. May we go a step yet further, and think of what was then being accomplished behind the veil, of the descent into Hades and the triumph over Death, the soul of the robber in the rest of Paradise, and the good news proclaimed to "the spirits in prison" (1Peter 3:19)? If we dare not fill up the gap with the legends of the Apocryphal Gospel that bears the name of Nicodemus, we may, at least, venture to dwell reverently on the hints that Scripture actually gives.

And they returned,.... To the city, and to their own houses, or to some one of them;

and prepared spices and ointments; for the anointing, and embalming the body of Christ, called by the Jews the spices of the dead; see the note on Mark 16:1

and rested the sabbath day, according to the commandment, in Exodus 20:8 not knowing as yet the abolition of it, with the rest of the ceremonial law; and therefore, though they had bought and prepared the spices and ointments, they did not carry them to the sepulchre to anoint the body with them, till the sabbath was over; for this was forbidden to be done on a sabbath day. It is asked (f),

"what is that thing that is lawful to be done to a living man, and is forbidden a dead man? It is said, , "this is anointing".''

Though elsewhere (g) this

"is allowed of; for so runs one of their traditions; they do all things necessary for the dead, (i.e. on a sabbath day,) "they anoint", and wash him, only they may not move a limb of him.''

But how he could be anointed, and washed, without a limb being moved, is not very easy to say, as his foot, or hand, or eye brows, which are the parts one of their commentators instances in (h).

(f) T. Hieros. Sahbat. fol. 12. 2.((g) Misn. Sabbat. c. 23, sect. 5. (h) Bartenora in ib. 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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