The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 12:6
And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same
In their houses; this may denote the preservation of
Christ in his infancy, and to the appointed time of his sufferings and
death; and it is remarkable, that on this very day, the tenth of
Nisan, four days before the passover, and so as many days before his
sufferings and death, he made his entry into Jerusalem, near to which
he was to be offered up, (John 12:1,12) :
and the whole assembly of the congregation shall kill it in the
that is, of the fourteenth of Nisan; not between the two
suns, as the Targum of Jonathan, between the sun setting and the sun
rising; nor between the setting of the sun, and the entire
disappearance of its rays of light reflecting in the air and clouds
after it, as Aben Ezra; so it is said in the Talmud F11, after the sun
is set, all the time that the face of the east is red; others say as
long as a man can walk half a mile after sun setting; and others, the
twinkling of an eye; but "between the two evening's" F12, as it may be
rendered; which respects that space of time after the sun begins to
decline, and the entire setting of it; when the sun begins to decline,
as it does after noon, that is the first evening, and when it is set,
that is the second; and the middle space between the one and the other
is about the nineth hour of the day, according to the Jewish computation,
and, with us, about three o'clock in the afternoon, about which time
the passover used to be killed; for they say F13,
``the daily sacrifice was slain at eight and a half, and
offered at the nineth; but on the evening of the passover
it was slain at seven and a half, and offered at eight and
a half, whether on a common day, or on a sabbath; and if
the evening of the passover happened to be on the evening
of the sabbath, it was slain at six and a half, and offered
up at seven and a half, and after that the passover;''
which was done, that there might be time before the last evening for
the slaying of the passover lamb. Josephus F14 says, at the passover
they slew the sacrifice from the nineth hour to the eleventh;
(See Gill on 26:17), and it being at the nineth hour that our Lord
was crucified, the agreement between him and the paschal lamb in this
circumstance very manifestly appears, (Matthew 27:46) though it may also
in general denote Christ's appearing in the last days, in the end of
the world, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself: the slaying of
the paschal lamb is ascribed to the "whole assembly of the
congregation", because it was to be slain by their order, and in their
name, for their use, and they present; and thus the crucifixion of
Christ, his sufferings and death, are attributed to the men of Israel,
and all the house of Israel, (Acts 2:22,23,36) (3:12-15) .
F11 T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 34. 2.
F12 (Mybreh Nyb) "inter duas vesperas", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius &
Tremellius, Piscator, Ainsworth.
F13 Misn. Pesach. c. 5. sect. 1.
F14 De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 9. sect. 3.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Exodus 12:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ex&chapter=012&verse=006>. 1999.