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For six days work may be done, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest,

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it is holy to YHVH (read Adonai); whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death.


You have six days of the week during which regular work may be done, but the seventh day is a time to pause for rest, it is dedicated to THE ETERNAL AND PERSONAL GOD as a special time. Whoever treats it in an ordinary way by doing ordinary work on the day for pausing, shall be given the death penalty, without fail.



The Hebrew has two words here that both come from the same root, one is the noun Sabbath, and the other is also a noun but we would render it “Sabbathing.” We could say it this way, “The seventh is a Sabbath for sabbathing, a pause for pausing, a Sabbath day on which sabbathy things are done (not ordinary things).”