Sabbath-breaking Punished

32 Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man (A)gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation; 34 and they put him in [a]custody (B)because it had not been [b]declared what should be done to him. 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death; (C)all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him [c]to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 15:34 Or prison
  2. Numbers 15:34 Lit declared distinctly
  3. Numbers 15:36 Lit with stones and he died

Sabbath Restored

15 In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses (A)on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs and all kinds of loads, (B)and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So (C)I admonished them on the day they sold food. 16 Also men of Tyre were living [a]there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. 17 Then (D)I [b]reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing you are doing, [c]by profaning the sabbath day? 18 (E)Did not your fathers do the same, so that our God brought on us and on this city all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath.”

19 (F)It came about that just as it grew dark at the gates of Jerusalem before the sabbath, I commanded that the doors should be shut [d]and that they should not open them until after the sabbath. Then I stationed some of my servants at the gates so that no load would enter on the sabbath day. 20 Once or twice the traders and merchants of every kind of merchandise spent the night outside Jerusalem. 21 Then (G)I [e]warned them and said to them, “Why do you spend the night in front of the wall? If you do so again, I will [f]use force against you.” From that time on they did not come on the sabbath.

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Footnotes

  1. Nehemiah 13:16 Lit in it
  2. Nehemiah 13:17 Or contended with
  3. Nehemiah 13:17 Lit and
  4. Nehemiah 13:19 Lit and commanded
  5. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit witnessed against
  6. Nehemiah 13:21 Lit send a hand against

Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

(A)Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So (B)the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and (C)it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’ 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?”

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