John 7:2
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English Standard Version
Now the Jews’ Feast of Booths was at hand.

King James Bible
Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

American Standard Version
Now the feast of the Jews, the feast of tabernacles, was at hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

English Revised Version
Now the feast of the Jews, the feast of tabernacles, was at hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the Jews' feast of tabernacles was at hand.

Weymouth New Testament
But the Jewish Festival of the Tent-Pitching was approaching.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The Jews' feast of tabernacles

The Rev. brings out the defining force of the two articles: the feast of the Jews, the feast of tabernacles. This feast occurred in the early autumn (September or early October), and lasted for seven days. Its observance is commanded in Exodus 23:16; Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 23:39, Leviticus 23:42, Leviticus 23:43; Deuteronomy 16:13. Its significance was twofold. It was a harvest-home festival, and hence was called the Feast of Ingathering, and it comememorated the dwelling of Israel in tents or booths in the wilderness. Hence the name Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. The association of the latter event with harvest was designed to remind the people in their prosperity of the days of their homeless wandering, that their hearts might not be lifted up and forget God, who delivered them from bondage (Deuteronomy 8:12-17). Therefore they were commanded to quit their permanent homes and to dwell in booths at the time of harvest. The festival was also known as the Feast of Jehovah, or simply the Festival (Leviticus 23:39; 1 Kings 8:2), because of its importance, and of being the most joyful of all festivals. At the celebration of the feast at Jerusalem booths were erected in the streets and squares and on the housetops. The Greek word for this feast, σκηνοπηγία, construction of tabernacles, occurs only here in the New Testament.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Exodus 23:16,17 And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you have sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering...

Leviticus 23:34-43 Speak to the children of Israel, saying...

Numbers 29:12-38 And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have an holy convocation; you shall do no servile work...

Deuteronomy 16:13-16 You shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in your corn and your wine...

1 Kings 8:2,65 And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month...

2 Chronicles 7:9,10 And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days...

Ezra 3:4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom...

Nehemiah 8:14-18 And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses...

Zechariah 14:16-19 And it shall come to pass...

Cross References
Leviticus 23:34
"Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths to the LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:13
"You shall keep the Feast of Booths seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress.

Deuteronomy 16:16
"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

Zechariah 14:16
Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths.

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