Jeremiah 17:22

22 And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath 1or do any work, but 2keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.

Jeremiah 17:22 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 17:22

Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the
sabbath day
Not of dirt and soil only, as some restrain the sense; but of any ware or merchandise, in order to be sold in the city or elsewhere: neither do ye any work;
any servile work, any kind of manufacture, either within doors or without; or exercise any kind of trade, or barter and merchandise, or do any sort of worldly business; nothing but what was of mere necessity, for the preservation of life; see ( Exodus 20:10 ) ; but hallow ye the sabbath day;
or, "sanctify it" F2; by separating it from all worldly business, and devoting it to the worship of God in public and private, spending it wholly in acts of religion and piety: as I commanded your fathers;
not Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; but those that came out of Egypt, to whom, and to their posterity after them, this commandment was enjoined, ( Exodus 20:8-10 ) ( 31:13-17 ) ; so that this was not a novel injunction, but what was commanded from the beginning of their civil and church state; from the time of their coming out of Egypt, and becoming a separate people and nation, under a theocracy, or the government of God himself; being chosen and set apart to be a special, peculiar, and holy people to himself, of which the sanctification of the sabbath was a sign; and was to be observed unto the Messiah's coming, the sum and substance of it, ( Colossians 2:16 Colossians 2:17 ) .


F2 (Mtvdq) "sanctificate", Cocceius, Schmidt.

Jeremiah 17:22 In-Context

20 and say: 'Hear the word of the LORD, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates.
21 Thus says the LORD: Take care for the sake of your lives, and do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem.
22 And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath or do any work, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.
23 Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.
24 "'But if you listen to me, declares the LORD, and bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it,

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Numbers 15:32-36
  • 2. Exodus 23:12; Exodus 31:13; Isaiah 56:2; Isaiah 58:13; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; See Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15
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