Luke 23:54
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 Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was beginning.

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

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

New King James Version
That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.

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

NASB 1995
It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

NASB 1977
And it was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Amplified Bible
It was the day of preparation [for the Sabbath], and the Sabbath was dawning.

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

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

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

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

Contemporary English Version
It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

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

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

Good News Translation
It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And it was [the] Day of Preparation, and Sabbath was approaching,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was 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.


Treasury of Scripture

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 priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

John 19:14,31,42
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! …









(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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
It was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] Preparation
Παρασκευῆς (Paraskeuēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 3904: The day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath, Friday. As if from paraskeuazo; readiness.

Day,
ἡμέρα (hēmera)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[the] Sabbath
σάββατον (sabbaton)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4521: The Sabbath, a week.

was just beginning.
ἐπέφωσκεν (epephōsken)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2020: To dawn, be near commencing. A form of epiphauo; to begin to grow light.


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