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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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! …







Lexicon
It was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 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 Greek 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 Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

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

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

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