Just about every Thanksgiving I share with a school or church group the history of the pilgrims who came from England to the new world in 1620. This year I spoke on how the pilgrims acknowledged the Sabbath Day.
Many rules and regulations were imposed upon them for what they were allowed to do or restricted from doing from sundown on Saturday to sundown on Sunday evening. Some of these rules I read from the old English which requires readers to listen carefully for the New English equivalent. One rule I mentioned was that married couples weren’t allowed to quarrel on the Sabbath. In fact Bradford recorded one couple being fined 40 shekels for doing so. After I finished my talk Stephen walked down to the fellowship hall with others who were preparing to enjoy a meal together.
Two men approached him and asked, “What did she mean when she said that ‘married couples weren’t allowed to crawl on the Sabbath?'” With a twinkle in his eye one of the men said, “I’m pretty sure I know what that would mean but just want to make sure.”
Well, they approached me next and asked the same thing. When I clarified the word “crawl” to be “quarrel” they had a good laugh as they realized crawl was not a euphemism for marital relations but in fact I was speaking of a couple who were arguing on Sunday.
However based upon our study “marital relations” were indeed also forbidden on the Sabbath!