solemn assembly

solemn assembly

Gatherings of the people, in a state of ritual purity, for sacred, religious purposes. These purposes include set festivals, such as the seventh day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread (Deut 16:8) or the eighth day of the Festival of Booths (Lev 23:36; Num 29:35; 2Chr 7:9; Neh 8:18). They might also include special assemblies such as that called by Jehu for Baal (2Kgs 10:20) or for times of emergency (Joel 1:14; Joel 2:15-16). Such assemblies were sometimes criticized by prophets when the people acted unjustly in their everyday lives (Isa 1:13; Amos 5:21).

Deut 16:8

8For six days you shall continue to eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly for the Lord your God, when you shall do no wo ... View more

Lev 23:36

36Seven days you shall present the Lord's offerings by fire; on the eighth day you shall observe a holy convocation and present the Lord's offerings by fire; it ... View more

Num 29:35

35On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly; you shall not work at your occupations.

2Chr 7:9

9On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly; for they had observed the dedication of the altar seven days and the festival seven days.

Neh 8:18

18And day by day, from the first day to the last day, he read from the book of the law of God. They kept the festival seven days; and on the eighth day there wa ... View more

2Kgs 10:20

20Jehu decreed, “Sanctify a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it.

Joel 1:14

14Sanctify a fast,
call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.

Joel 2:15-16

15Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;16gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the aged;
gather the children,
even ... View more

Isa 1:13

13bringing offerings is futile;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—
I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquit ... View more

Amos 5:21

21I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

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