There are in the Old Testament three further examples which indicate the
first portion of the night did not fall in the same day as the following
THE DAUGHTERS OF LOT
Gen 19:33 So they made their father drink wine that
night. And the firstborn went in and lay
with her father, and he did not know when
she lay down or when she arose.
:34 It happened on the next day that the
firstborn said to the younger, "Indeed
I lay with my father last night; let us
make him drink wine tonight also, and
you go in and lie with him, that we may
preserve the lineage of our father."
[ This verse quite clearly shows the first portion of the
night was not included in the next day. ]
MEAT OF THE THANKSGIVING PASSOVER
Lev 7:11 This is the law of the sacrifice of peace
offerings which he shall offer to the LORD:
:12 If he offers it for a thanksgiving, ...
:15 The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace
offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten
the same day it is offered. He shall not
leave any of it until morning.
:20 But the person who eats the flesh of the
sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs
to the LORD, while he is unclean, that
person shall be cut off from his people.
Num 9:12 They shall leave none of it until morning,
nor break one of its bones. According to
all the ordinances of the Passover they
shall keep it.
[ None of the meat of Passover could be eaten the next day,
it had to be eaten the same day it was offered. The
following morning was not considered to fall within the
same day as the Passover celebration. ]
BURIAL OF THOSE HUNG ON TREES
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,
cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and
raise over it a great heap of stones ...
10:26 And afterward Joshua struck them and killed them,
and hanged them on five trees; and they were hanging
on the trees until evening.
:27 So it was at the time of the going down of the sun
that Joshua commanded, and they took them down from
the trees, cast them into the cave where they had
been hidden, and laid large stones against the cave's
On two occasions Joshua waited until sunset before ordering the bodies,
of those who had been hung on trees, to be buried. Note that Deut 21:23
explicitly stated that such dead bodies were to be buried that same day.
Deut 21:22 If a man has committed a sin deserving of death,
and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
:23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree,
but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you
do not defile the land which the LORD your God is
giving you as an inheritance; ...
[ Joshua had acted in accordance with the Old Testament law.
The bodies of these dead men did not have to be buried
before sunset, because the first portion of the night
(that immediately after sunset) was still part of that day. ]