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About the Sabbath

What is the Sabbath?

שבת shabath

A weekly feast and rest day established by the Most High. Just as he rested after working six days during creation, we are to follow this example. It is meant to be a joyous occasion filled with fellowship, feasting, and worship. Our God is to receive our full, undivided attention.


When is the Sabbath?

The seventh day of EVERY week. Since biblical days begin the sunset before, the sabbath begins sundown Friday, continues through the day portion of Saturday, and ends sundown Saturday (which starts the first day of the week).


The Sabbath in Scripture

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:9-11, KJV.)


(6) And behold the commandment regarding the Sabbaths -I have written (them) down for thee- and all the judgments of its laws. (7) Six days shalt thou labour, but on the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it ye shall do no manner of work, ye and your sons, and your men- servants and your maid-servants, and all your cattle and the sojourner also who is with you. (8) And the man that does any work on it shall die: whoever desecrates that day, whoever lies with (his) wife, or whoever says he will do something on it, that he will set out on a journey thereon in regard to any buying or selling: and whoever draws water thereon which he had not prepared for himself on the sixth day, and whoever takes up any burden to carry it out of his tent or out of his house shall die. (9) Ye shall do no work whatever on the Sabbath day save what ye have prepared for yourselves on the sixth day, so as to eat, and drink, and rest, and keep Sabbath from all work on that day, and to bless the Lord your God, who has given you a day of festival and a holy day: and a day of the holy kingdom for all Israel is this day among their days for ever. (10) For great is the honour which the Lord has given to Israel that they should eat and drink and be satisfied on this festival day, and rest thereon from all labour which belongs to the labour of the children of men save burning frankincense and bringing oblations and sacrifices before the Lord for days and for Sabbaths. (11) This work alone shall be done on the Sabbath-days in the sanctuary of the Lord your God; that they may atone for Israel with sacrifice continually from day to day for a memorial well-pleasing before the Lord, and that He may receive them always from day to day according as thou hast been commanded. (12) And every man who does any work thereon, or goes a journey, or tills (his) farm, whether in his house or any other place, and whoever lights a fire, or rides on any beast, or travels by ship on the sea, and whoever strikes or kills anything, or slaughters a beast or a bird, or whoever catches an animal or a bird or a fish, or whoever fasts or makes war on the Sabbaths: (13) The man who does any of these things on the Sabbath shall die, so that the children of Israel shall observe the Sabbaths according to the commandments regarding the Sabbaths of the land, as it is written in the tablets, which He gave into my hands that I should write out for thee the laws of the seasons, and the seasons according to the division of their days. (Jubilees 50:6-13)


Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3, KJV.)


And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. (Exodus 16:23, KJV.)


Sabbath Greeting

שבת שלום

Shabath Shalawam (Ancient Pronunciation)

Shabbat Shalom (Modern Pronunciation)

Means: Sabbath Peace


About the sabbath

  • A solemn occasion and a day of rest from worldly work.
  • All cooking, cleaning, and servile work must be completed before or after the Sabbath.
  • A festival and holy day—gather together for praise, worship, feasting, and scriptural edification under the guidance of church leadership.
  • Avoid buying and selling (conducting business).
  • Avoid worldly music or daily pleasures that can distract from service to the Most High.
  • Avoid fasting as this is a weekly feast day.
  • Avoid intimacy between spouses.
  • Avoid traveling for work or pleasure.
  • Remember it is lawful to do good on the sabbath (Luke 6:9) for example ministering to the homeless, sick, and elderly. Speak with your church leadership for further edification.



Learn More About The Sabbath:

》What is a "double sabbath"?《

》What is an "intercalary sabbath"?《


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