The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 19:15
And he said unto the people, be ready against the third day,
&c.] The third day from thence, the sixth of the month Sivan, against
which day they were to prepare themselves, by washing their garments,
and all other outward acts of sanctification and purity they were
directed to, that they might be ready for the service of that day, to
hear and receive the law from God himself: Aben Ezra has this note on
``perhaps not a man slept that night, that he might hear the
voice of the Lord in the morning, as was the way or custom of
the high priest on the day of atonement;''
that is, not to sleep the night before:
come not at your wives;
or, "do not draw nigh to a woman" F17, to lie
with her; meaning not with a strange woman, or one that was not his
wife, for that was not lawful at any time; nor with a menstruous woman
who was unclean, and so forbidden, but with a man's own wife: what was
lawful must now be abstained from, for the greater sanctification and
solemnity of the service of this day, see (1 Corinthians 7:5) , so Chaeremoh F18
the stoic says of the Egyptian priests, that when the time is at hand
that they are to perform some very sacred and solemn service, they
spend several days in preparing for it; sometimes two and forty,
sometimes more, sometimes less, but never under seven; when they
abstain from all animals, and from all kind of herbs and pulse, and
especially from venereal conversation with women; and to this latter
Juvenal F19 the poet has respect.
F17 (hva la wvgt) (mh proselyhte gunaiki) Sept. "to a woman",
F18 Apud Porphyr, de Abstinentia, l. 4. sect. 7. Vid Clement. Alexand
Stromat. l. 1. p. 306.
F19 "Ille petit veniam quoties non abstinet uxor,
"Concubitu, sacris observandisque diebus". Juvenal, Satyr 6.