So many studying the bible have been
taught God's day, the biblical day -
the Jewish day, ended (and still ends)
(We were told the Jews have always
ended their day at sunset.)
Is this correct?
The central verse in this discussion is;
Lev 23:32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn
rest, and you shall afflict your souls;
on the ninth day of the month at evening,
from evening to evening, you shall
celebrate your sabbath.
This verse is discussing how (and when) the 'Day of Atonement' was
to be observed. The 'Day of Atonement' was observed on the 10th day
(Lev 23:27) of the 7th month and involved having to 'afflict one's
soul', ie to fast.
The Day of Atonement was a full day period observed from the close of
the 9th day to the close of the 10th day.
This 'evening to evening' form of defining a day, or sequence of days,
is also encountered in respect to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Exod 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day
of the month at evening, you shall eat
unleavened bread, until the twenty-first
day of the month at evening.
[ This verse defined a seven day period which was
observed in the first month. This period started
on the 15th day and ended at the close of the 21st. ]
Having shown a day, or period of days, was defined by the terminology
'evening to evening' it apparently only remained to demonstrate that
the word 'evening' was used to allude to the time of sunset.
There appears to be a number of verses which link the term 'evening' to
the time marking the transition from daylight to night.
2Chr 18:34 The battle increased that day, and the
king of Israel propped himself up in his
chariot facing the Syrians until evening;
and about the time of sunset he died.
Deut 16:6 but at the place where the LORD your God
chooses to make His name abide, there you
shall sacrifice the Passover at twilight
(evening), at the going down of the sun,
at the time you came out of Egypt.
Josh 8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until
evening. And as soon as the sun was down,
Joshua commanded that they should take his
corpse down from the tree, ...
Judg 19:14 And they passed by and went their way; and
the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which
belongs to Benjamin.
:15 They turned aside there to go in to lodge
in Gibeah. And when he went in, he sat down
in the open square of the city, for no one
would take them into his house to spend the
:16 Just then an old man came in from his work
in the field at evening, who also was from
the mountains of Ephraim; ...
Psa 104:23 Man goes out to his work and to his labor
until the evening.
Matt 16:2 He answered and said to them, "When it is
evening you say, 'It will be fair weather,
for the sky is red'".
Mark 1:32 Now at evening, when the sun had set, they
brought to Him all who were sick and those
who were demon-possessed.
Luke 4:40 When the sun was setting, all those who had
any that were sick with various diseases
brought them to Him; and He laid His hands
on every one of them and healed them.
This discussion would end with this proof, if it was not for the
indication that there is a 2nd evening in a full day!
Exod 12:6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth
day of the same month. Then the whole assembly
of the congregation of Israel shall kill it
The word rendered 'twilight' in this verse
would have been better translated as
'in the evenings' or 'between the evenings'.