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For six days[a] you may labor[b] and do all your work,[c]

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  1. Exodus 20:9 tn The text has simply “six days,” but this is an adverbial accusative of time, answering how long they were to work (GKC 374 §118.k).
  2. Exodus 20:9 tn The imperfect tense has traditionally been rendered as a commandment, “you will labor.” But the point of this commandment is the prohibition of work on the seventh day. The permission nuance of the imperfect works well here.
  3. Exodus 20:9 tn This is the occupation, or business of the work week.

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