Leviticus 23:32

32 It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”

Read Leviticus 23:32 Using Other Translations

It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.
It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath."
This will be a Sabbath day of complete rest for you, and on that day you must deny yourselves. This day of rest will begin at sundown on the ninth day of the month and extend until sundown on the tenth day.”

What does Leviticus 23:32 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Leviticus 23:32

It [shall be] unto you a sabbath of rest
(See Gill on Leviticus 16:31); and this is thought by some F17 to be the sabbath spoken of in ( Isaiah 58:13 ) ;

and ye shall afflict your souls; in the ninth [day] of the month at
the fast was to begin at the close of the ninth day, and to continue to the end of the tenth; so Maimonides F18: he begins to fast and afflict himself at the evening of the ninth next to the tenth; and so at the going out of it he continues in his affliction a little while of the night of the eleventh, next to the tenth, which is confirmed by what follows:

from even unto even shall ye celebrate your sabbath;
which some understand of the sabbath in general; but it seems to have a particular respect to the sabbath of the day of atonement, which was to last from the evening of the ninth to the evening of the tenth day.


F17 R. Alphes, par. 1. Yom Hacippurim, c. 1. fol. 357. 2.
F18 Ut supra, (Maimon. Hilchot Shebitat Asher) c. 1. sect. 6.
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