Unshod, not wearing shoes or sandals. In the OT, it is a sign of reverence in obedience to the divine command, as in the theophanies to Moses (Exod 3:5
) and Joshua (Josh 5:15
). David’s going barefoot is probably part of a ritual of penitence (2Sam 15:30
). In a prophetic symbolic action, Isaiah goes about naked and barefoot for three years as a sign to Judah of the coming defeat by Assyria of Egypt and Ethiopia, Judah’s allies, who will be led away naked and barefoot as prisoners of war and exiles (Isa 20:2-4
5Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”
15The commander of the army of the Lord said to Joshua, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.
30But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, with his head covered and walking barefoot; and all the people who were with him cove ... View more
2at that time the Lord had spoken to Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your loins and take your sandals off your feet,” and he had d ... View more