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foot

A body part used in a variety of figurative ways in the Bible. God required Moses to go barefoot on the holy ground of Horeb (Exod 3:5). Barefootedness was part of David’s mourning (2Sam 15:30). God commanded Isaiah to walk barefoot as a symbol of future captivity (Isa 20:2-4). Placing the foot on the neck of the vanquished enemy indicated victory (Josh 10:24; Ps 110:1; Matt 22:44); God’s placing all things “under the feet” expresses absolute dominion (Ps 8:7; 1Cor 15:27; Eph 1:22; Heb 2:8). Listeners and pupils sat at their master’s feet: Mary at Jesus’s feet (Luke 10:39); Paul at Gamaliel’s feet (Acts 22:3). Love is shown Jesus by the washing, kissing, and anointing of his feet (Luke 7:38; Luke 7:44-47, John 12:3). Jesus washed his disciples’ feet as an example of humble service (John 13:5-17). Homage is shown Jesus by falling down at his feet (Mark 5:22; Luke 8:41). Jesus heals those placed at his feet (Matt 15:30). The disciples are to shake the dust from their feet to reject inhospitality (Matt 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; Luke 10:11).

Exod 3:5

5Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

2Sam 15:30

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

Isa 20:2-4

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

Josh 10:24

24When they brought the kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the Israelites, and said to the chiefs of the warriors who had gone with him, “Come near, put y ... View more

Ps 110:1

Assurance of Victory for God's Priest-King
Of David. A Psalm.
1The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Matt 22:44

44‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet” ’?

Ps 8:7

7all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

1Cor 15:27

27For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is plain that this does not include the on ... View more

Eph 1:22

22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church,

Heb 2:8

8subjecting all things under their feet.”
Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything i ... View more

Luke 10:39

39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.

Acts 22:3

3“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous fo ... View more

Luke 7:38

38She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and a ... View more

Luke 7:44-47

44Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet wi ... View more

John 12:3

3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfu ... View more

John 13:5-17

5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.6He came to Simon Peter, who s ... View more

Mark 5:22

22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet

Luke 8:41

41Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus' feet and begged him to come to his house,

Matt 15:30

30Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them,

Matt 10:14

14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.

Mark 6:11

11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”

Luke 9:5

5Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

Luke 10:11

11‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’

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