Complete Silence Upon The Entire Face Of The Earth

Wilhelmus a Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. III, p. 142:

Secondly, the persons by whom the sabbath must be sanctified are: “thy son…thy daughter, thy manservant…thy maidservant…thy cattle…thy stranger that is within thy gates” (Exo. 20:10). By this delineation, all men without distinction are forbidden to work. It is not sufficient that we rest ourselves, but we must also permit our children and servants to rest, and we must even oblige strangers who dwell or stay with us to rest. They are also men, and the commandment is applicable to them as well as to native residents and members of the church. Yes, even the cattle must rest, since they cannot perform work without the direction of man. God thus wishes to have complete silence upon the entire face of the earth.

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