The writings of historians, the records of chronographers, the languages of earth, the calendars of time, and the existence of the Jewish race—all testify to the fact that the weekly cycle on our calendars today is the same as in earlier centuries—going back to the time of Christ, to Moses, and beyond.

In the beginning, God gave us the weekly seven-day cycle, with the Sabbath as the last day. That pattern has never changed. The seventh day of the week today is the true Bible Sabbath. Our seventh day is the Sabbath which Jesus kept; it was the Sabbath in the time of Moses when the Ten Commandments were written down. Historians and scientists all agree that this is true.

If there had been any change in the weekly cycle, between the time of Creation and the time of Moses, a correction would have been made when the Ten Commandments were given to the Hebrews. From that time, on down to the present, there have always been Jews to testify as to the true Sabbath. It is the same seventh day of the week which is on our calendars. While all the other ancient races are now intermingled, the Jews have been kept separate so they could testify to the fact that our seventh day is the Bible Sabbath!

The yearly cycle has been changed. In 1582, the length of the year was changed to include the leap year. This changeover resulted in October 1582 having only 21 days! But each week remained the same seven days in length. Thursday, October 4, was followed by Friday, October 15. God has divinely protected the weekly cycle down through the ages. If He had not done this, it would be impossible to keep the Sabbath holy, as He has commanded. But, because He has, we have no excuse not to. The seventh day is a holy day, made holy by the command of God. All calendars agree: The seventh day is the Sabbath. Sunday is the first day; the day called "Saturday" in the English langauge is the Sabbath.

However, in 108 of the 160 languages of mankind, the seventh day is called "the Sabbath"! Did you know that? Dr. William Mead Jones of London prepared a chart proving this. (A copy of this chart can be obtained free of charge from the publisher of this book: Ask for "The Chart of the Week" [BS–28-29]. English is one of the few major languages in which the seventh day is not called "the Sabbath."

Here are ten examples: Hebrew: Shabbath / Greek: Sabbaton / Latin: Sabbatum / Arabic: Assabit / Persian: Shambin / Russian: Subbota / Hindustani: Shamba / French: Samedi / Italian: Sabbato / Spanish: Sabado.

"By calculating the eclipses, it can be proven that no time has been lost and the creation days were seven, divided into 24 hours each."—Dr. Hinkley, The Watchman, July 1926 [Hinkley was a well-known astronomer].

"The human race never lost the septenary [seven day] sequence of week days and that the Sabbath of these latter times comes down to us from Adam, though the ages, without a single lapse."—Dr. Totten, professor of astronomy at Yale University.

"Seven has been the ancient and honored number among the nations of the earth. They have measured their time by weeks from the beginning. The origin of this was the Sabbath of God, as Moses has given the reasons for it in his writings."—Dr. Lyman Coleman.

"There has been no change in our calendar in past centuries that has affected in any way the cycle of the week."—James Robertson, Director American Ephemeris, Navy Department, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1932.

"It can be said with assurance that not a day has been lost since Creation, and all the calendar changes notwithstanding, there has been no break in the weekly cycle."—Dr. Frank Jeffries, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Research Director of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.

It is remarkable how complete is the Biblical and historical evidence corroborating the fact that the Bible Sabbath was given to us by the God of heaven. Let us keep the Sabbath that Jesus kept! He worshiped on the Bible Sabbath, and never told us to stop keeping it. No one else in the Bible said to either. The seventh day is the Sabbath, for God never changed it.

How very thankful we can be that our God is so reliable. He does not change this way or that. He has a holy law which we must obey. But He sent His only begotten Son to die in order to enable us to do it.

Soon we will be in heaven, and praise Him for His great Gift.



The seventh day of the week continues to be called
 "Sabbath" or "day of rest" in over a hundred languages.

INTRODUCTION—This is incredible information! This Chart of the Week is over a hundred years old. It was prepared by Dr. William Meade Jones, a research expert in London, England. Well over a hundred languages prove that the week, everywhere, has seven days;—and that, in most languages, the native word for the seventh day is "Sabbath" (which means "rest" or "rest day") or "rest day."

Jones, a well-known British researcher, decided that since Scripture clearly shows that the Bible Sabbath was first given to mankind at the end of Creation Week, then two important facts would have had to be known throughout the ancient world: First, a fixing of the seven-day weekly cycle on a worldwide basis and, second, an ancient worldwide knowledge of the seventh-day Sabbath.

Jones was convinced of this for four reasons:

1 - Adam and Noah were both earnest worshipers of God and would therefore have been faithful Sabbath keepers.

2 - They would have taught their descendants about the Bible Sabbath; these descendants would then be aware of its original sacredness.

3 - The truth that God is to be worshiped on the seventh day of each seven-day week—would require a seven-day weekly cycle everywhere. If the first generations kept the weekly Sabbath given at Creation, then their descendants would continue to keep a seven-day week, even though they might later have turned to idols and left the worship of the true God.

4 - Therefore, as the descendants of Adam and Noah spread out all over the world, they would have carried with them these two important facts: (1) Each week has seven days, and (2) the seventh day of the week is the holy Sabbath given by God to mankind.

Jones reasoned that, even though many of Adam and Noah’s descendants would become scoffers, all of them would still carry with them the twin truths of the seven-day Creation Week and the seventh-day Sabbath rest. So all the world would have a seven-day week;—and, embedded in most of those languages, the seventh day would generally be called the "rest day" ("Sabbath").

William Meade Jones was certain that, because Genesis 1 and 2 were really true, and God really created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh day,—that a majority of the languages of the world would prove the fact!

This, in turn, would be a powerful proof—not only that the seventh day (and not the first) was the true Sabbath given by God to mankind,—but also a dramatic proof that Genesis 1 and 2 are genuine, and that God is our Creator!

William Meade Jones’ Chart of the Week is stunning proof that the book of Genesis is really true! This amazing chart is filled with corroborating evidence.

1 - In all languages the seven-day weekly cycle is maintained; that is, no language group anywhere has a week with more or less days than seven.

2 - In spite of the fact that 6,000 years has elapsed since Creation Week when our world was created (Genesis 1-2), and regardless of many language adaptations down through the centuries, the seventh day of the week continues to be called "Sabbath" or "day of rest" in over a hundred languages.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH THIS CHART—The original Chart of the Week is too large to be placed on your computer screen. In addition, because it includes samples from well over a hundred languages of mankind, it could only be reproduced as a graphic,—which would requires a long period of time to load in.  Below is an abbreviated version of the chart, with a more complete listing of languages to follow.


(Where Spoken, Read,
or Otherwise Used







Name of the


Hebrew Bible world-wide

Day One

Day Second

Day Third

Day Fourth

Day Fifth

Day the Sixth

Yom hash-shab-bath
Day the Sabbath


(Ancient and Modern)

One into the Sabbath

Second into the Sabbath

Third into the Sabbath

Fourth into the Sabbath

Fifth into the Sabbath

Eve of Holy Sabbath



Targum of Onkelos
(Hebrew Literature)

Day One

Day Second

Day Third

Day Fourth

Day Fifth

Day the Sixth

Yom hash-shab-bath
Day the Sabbath


Targum Dialect of the
Jews in Kurdistan

Day One of the Seven

Day 2nd of the Seven

Day 3rd of the Seven

Day 4th of the Seven

Day 5th of the Seven

Day of Eve
(of Sabbath)

yoy-met sha-bat kodesh
Holy Sabbath Day


Ancient Syriac
*Each day proceeds on,
and belongs to the Sabbath

One into Sabbath

Two into Sabbath

Three into Sabbath

Four into Sabbath

Five into Sabbath

(of Sabbath)



Chaldee Syriac
Kurdistan and Urdmia, Persia

One into Sabbath

Two into Sabbath

Three into Sabbath

Four into Sabbath

Five into Sabbath

(of Sabbath)



(Old Hebrew Letters)
Nablus, Palestine

Day One

Day Second

Day Third

Day Fourth

Day Fifth

Day Sixth



Euphrates & Tigris Valleys Mesopotamia
(Written lang. 3800 B.C.)









Euphrates and Tigris Valleys,









(Very old names)

Business Day

Light Moon

War Chief

Turning Day or Midweek

Familiar or Society Day

(of Sabbath)

Chief or Rejoicing Day


(Ancient and Modern)
Westn. Asia,
E,W & N. Africa

The One

The Two

The Three

The Four

The Fith

(day, Muham)

The Sabbath


Maltese, Malta

One (day)

Two (and day)

The 3 (3rd d.)

The 4 (4th d.)

Fifth (day)


The Sabbath


Ge-ez or Ethiopic
(Ge-ez signifies "original")

One (day)





Eve (of Sabbath)



(Closely related to Ge-ez)

One (First day)





Eve (of Sabbath)



Amharic, Abyssinia
(Nearly related to Ge-ez)






Eve (of Sabbath)



(Language of the
Jews of Abyssinia)







yini sanbat
The Sabbath


Coptic / Egypt
(A dead lang. for 200 years)

The First Day

The 2nd Day

The 3rd Day

The 4th Day

The 5th Day

The 6th Day

pi sabbaton
The Sabbath


Orma or Galla
South of Abyssinia
(This language has two sets of names, the first
being the oldest)

Lady, Virgin Mary Day.
Great or Festival Sabbath

Second day.
First Trade Day

3rd Day to the Sabbath.
Second Trade Day

4th day to the Sabbath.
Fourth (day)

Fifth (day)

Assembly (day)

Last day of the half-week
inclusive of 4th day.
Little or Humble or
Solemn Sabbath
(A day of no ceremonial display and no work)


Tamashek or Towarek.
(From ancient Lybian or Numidian).
Atlas Mountains, Africa.

First day

Second day

Third day

Fourth day

Fifth day

Assembly Day

a-hal es-sabt.
The Sabbath Day


Kabyle or Berber.
(Ancient Numidian)
North Africa

Day the One (First)

Day the Two (2nd)

Day the Three (3rd)

Day the Four (4th)

Day the Fifth

The Assembly Day

ghas or wars assebt
The Sabbath Day


(Central Africa)

The One (1st)

The Two (2nd)

The Three (3rd)

The Four (4th)

The Fifth

The Assembly

The Sabbath


Urdu or Hindustani
(Muhammadan and Hindu, India)
(Two names for the days)

One to Sabbath. Sunday

2nd to Sabbath. Moon-day

3rd to Sabbath. Mars

4th to Sabbath. Mercury

5th to Sabbath. (Eve of Juma)

Assembly (day)

sanichar - Saturn
shamba - Sabbath


Pashto or Afghan

One to the Sabbath

Two to Sabbath

Three to Sabbath

Four to Sabbath

Five to Sabbath

Assembly (day)

khali - Unemployed-day,
Shamba - Sabbath

  Here is a list of languages in which the vast majority indicate a seven day weekly cycle  and the seventh day means Sabbath or Rest


Hebrew Bible  Yom Hash Shabbath or Day of the Sabbath

Hebrew (ancient and modern)  Shabbath or Sabbath

Targum of Onkelos (Hebrew literature)  Yom Shviaa or Day Seventh AND Sabbath or Sabbath

Kurdistan Jews (Targum dialect)  Yoymet Shabbat Kodesh or Holy Sabbath Day

Ancient Syriac  Shabbatho or Sabbath

Chaldee Syriac (Kurdistan; Urumia, Persia)  Shapta or Sabbath

Samaritan (Nablas, Palestine) (use old Hebrew letters)  Yoma Hasheviah or Day the Seventh AND Shabbath or Sabbath

Babylonian (Euphrates and Tigris Valleys, Mesopotamia)  Sabatu or Sabbath

Assyrian (Euphrates & Tigris Valleys, Mesopotamia) Sabatu or Sabbath

Arabic (very old names)  Shiyar or Chief or Rejoicing Day

Arabic (ancient and modern; W. Asia, E, W & N Africa)  Assabt or The Sabbath

Maltese (Malta)  Issibt or Sabbath

Tigre (Abyssinia)  Sanbat or Sabbath

Amharic (Abyssinia)  Sanbat or Sabbath

Falasha (Jews of Abyssinia)  Yini Sanbat or The Sabbath


Coptic (Egypt; a dead language for 300 years)  Pi Sabbaton or The Sabbath

Orma or Galla (south of Abyssinia)  Zambada or Sabbath

Tamashek or Towarek (ancient Libyan or Numidian)  Ahal Essabt or The Sabbath Day

Kabyle or Berber (Ancient Numidian; N Africa)  Ghas or Sabbath Day

Hausa (Central Africa)  Aseebatu or The Sabbath


Sanscrit (India)  Shanivar or Saturn-day

Hindi (India)  Shumiwar or Saturn-day

Pali (India)  Sanivaro or Saturn-day

Urdu or Hindustani (Islamic and Hindu, India)  Shamba or Sabbath; And Sanichar or Saturn  

Pashto or Afghan (Afghanistan)  Khali or Unemployed day; And Shamba or Holiday, Sabbath

Pahlavi or Pahlavi-Pazand (Ancient Persian)  Kevan or Saturn; And Shambid or Fragrance - The pleasantest day of the week; And Dies Sabbati or Sabbath

Persian (Persia; Modern Iran)  Shambih or Holiday, Sabbath

Armenian (Armenia)  Shapat or Sabbath

Kurdish (Kurdistan)  Shamba or Sabbath

Brahuiky (Beluchistan)  Awalihafta or First or Chief of the Seven; And Shambe or Sabbath


Mongolian (Sharra-Mongolian; Eastern Mongolia)  Sanitear and Bemba or The Son of the Sun, Saturn 

Kalmuk (Western Mongolia)  Bembe Graku or Saturn Planet

Turkish (Osmanlian; Turkey)  Yomessabt or Day the Sabbath

Lazen (Pashelik of Trebisond)   Ssabatun or Sabbath


Chinese (Roman Catholic; earlier)  Chanlitsi or Worship-day Seven

Mohammadan Chinese  Saibitai or Sabbath

Annamite (Annam)  Ngaythubay or Day in order Seven

Ancient Peguan (Pegu-Burma)  T'pauh or (Day) Seven

Khassi (Cossyah Hills, East of Bengal)  Ka sngi sait-jain or A day to wash clothes; Purification-day

Tibetan (Tibet)  Za-pen pa or (Planet Seven)

Boutan (Little Tibet)  Pen-pa or Eye of God=Saturn; AND Odsardunpa or Seventh Brilliant Star

Georgian (Caucasus)  Shabati or Sabbath

Suanian (Caucasus)Ingouish (Caucasus)  Sammtyn or Sabbath

Aware or Avar (Daghistan; Cis-Caucasus) Samat qo or Sabbath Day


Malayan (Sumatra)  hari Sabtu or Day Sabbath

Javanese (Java)  Saptoe (saptu) or Sabbath

Sunda (West Java)  Saptu or Sabbath

Dayak (Borneo)  Sabtu or Sabbath

Makssar (Southern Celebes and Salayer Islands)  Sattu or Sabbath

Bugis (Celebes)  Sattu or Sabbath

Malagassay (Madagascar)  Alsabotsy or The Sabbath

Nuforian (NW New Guinea)  Ras Fiek or Day Seven


Swahili (East Africa)  Assabu or The Sabbath

Congo (West Africa) Satade or Saturday; AND Kiaosabulu or Sabbado: Sabbath

Isolated Languages

Wolof (Sengambia, W Africa)  Alere-asser or Last Day - Sabbath

Fulah (W Africa)  Essibt or The Sabbath

Mandingo (South of Senegal, W Africa)  Sibiti or Sabbath

Teda (Central Africa)  Essebdu or The Sabbath

Bornu or Kanuri (Central Africa)  Sibda or Sabbath

Fulfulde (Central Africa)  Assebdu or Sabbath

Sonyal (Central Africa)  Assebdu or Sabbath

Logone (Central Africa)  Se-sibde or Sabbath

Wandals (Central Africa)  Sidba or Sabbath

Bagrimma (Central Africa)  Sibbedi or Sabbath

Maba (Central Africa)  Sab. or Sabbath


Norman French (10th and 11th centuries)  Seabedi, Samaday, Semadi or Sabbath Day

Ancient French (12 and 13th centuries)  Samedi or Sabbath Day

D’oc. France (ancient and modern)  Dissata, Dissate or Day Sabbath

Ecclesiastical Roman  Sabatum

Parliamentary (British)  Dies Sabbati

Basque (Spain and France)  Larumbat or One Quarter (moon)

Finnish (Finland)  Lauvantai or Corruptions of Icelandic Laugardagur

Estonian (Estonia)  Lau-paaw or Bathday

Livonian (Baltic Russia)  Puol-paava or Half Day

Lap (Laplanders, Norway)  Lavardak or Corruption of Ice. Lang.

Morduin (Russia)  Subbota, Suota or Sabbath

Tsheremissian (Russia)  Kuks-keca or Dry-day (day without work)

Permian (Russia)  Subota or Sabbath

Votiak (Russia) 

Hungarian (Hungary)  Szombat or Sabbath

Ostiac (Russia)  Chotmetchatl or Sixth-day; AND Juolynchatl or Hinder end-day

Greek (Greece)  (Sabbath)

Modern Greek (Greece)  (Sabbath)

Latin (Italy)  Sabbatum or Sabbath; AND Dies Saturni or Day of Saturn

Italian (Italy)  Sabato or Sabbath

Spanish (Spain)  Sabado or Sabbath

Portuguese (Portugal)  Sabado or Sabbath

French (France)  Samedi or Sabbath-day

Roman (Spain, Catalonia)  Dissapte or Day-Sabbath

Wallachian (Romania or Wallachia)  Sambata or Sabbath

Old High German (South Germany)  Sambaztag or Sabbath's day

High German (Germany)  Samstag or Sabbath's day

Icelandic (Iceland)  Laugardagur or (of bath-day)

Swedish (Sweden)  Lordag or Corruption of Icelandic Laugardagur

Danish (Denmark)  Laverdag or Corruption of Icelandic Laugardagur

Old Slave (Bulgaria)  Subbota or Sabbath

Russian (Russia)  Subbota or Sabbath

Illyrian (Dalmatia, Serbia)  Subota or Sabbath

New Slovenian (Illyrie in Austria)  Sobota or Sabbath

Bulgarian (Bulgaria)  Subbota or Sabbath

Polish (Poland)  Sobota or Sabbath

Bohemian (Bohemia)  Sobota or Sabbath

Lusatian (Saxony)  Sobota or Sabbath

Polabic (borders of the Elbe)  Subuta or Sabbath

Lithuanian (Lithuania)  fubata or Sabbath

Prussian (Prussia; Germany)  Sabatico or Sabbath

English Bible (England)  The Seventh Day, The Sabbath