If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision
As it was certain in many instances he did:
that the law of Moses might not be broken;
either the law concerning circumcision, which confirmed the law given to Abraham, and required it should be on the eighth day, let it fall when it would, even on a sabbath day; and therefore on that day, male children received circumcision, that that law might be kept, and not be broken: or else the law concerning the sabbath; and the sense be, if circumcision was administered on the sabbath day, "without breaking the law of Moses", as some render the words, which commanded the observation of the sabbath,
are ye angry at me;
and pursue me with so much wrath and bitterness,
because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?
or "a man that was whole, sound on the sabbath day"; who was wholly, or all over disordered, every limb of whom shook with the palsy: or as some think the sense is, he was made every whit whole, both in soul and body; and then the argument is, if it was, no breach of the sabbath to make a wound, and lay a plaster on it, as in circumcision; it would be no violation of it, nor ought any to be offended with it, that Christ should heal a diseased man, who was so in every part of his body, and restore health to his soul likewise and nothing is more common with the Jews than to say, the danger of life, and (vpn xwqyp) , "the preservation of the soul", or life, drive away the sabbath F2.
F2 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 132. 1.