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The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

New Moon

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The Hebrews were very earnest in observing the first day of the new moon, not in any idolatrous manner it is to be hoped, but probably more for the calculation of time. We read much of their feasts and friendly meetings with each other. Moses appointed a burnt offering at the opening of each month. (Numbers 28:11) But this was accompanied with no precept for any particular day, neither any service with it; and the new moon festival, it should seem to have been rather in the view of a pious sanctification of families, when meeting together as Job did, (Job 1:5) than any immediate religious service towards the Lord. Hence we read of David being expected at the king's table on the first day of the new moon, and being particularly missed because it was that day. (See 1 Samuel 20:5-6; 1Sa 20:24; 1Sa 20:27) So we find the husband of the Shunamite making particular observations upon his wife's wishing to go to the prophet, when it was neither sabbath nor new moon. (See 2 Kings 4:23) We read also of the new moon festivals in other parts of Scripture. (See 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 8:13; Isaiah 1:13-14; Ezekiel 45:17) I believe even in very late times, and perhaps with some even now, the Jews are attached to friendly visits with each other, more particularly in the new moon.


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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'New Moon'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/pmd/n/new-moon.html. London. 1828.

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Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
the Week of Proper 28 / Ordinary 33
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