The rear of the human foot, below the ankle and behind the arch. Literal references include a likely zone of snakebite (Gen 3:15
), anatomical contact of twins at birth (Gen 25:26
), and appropriate vulnerability to traps (Job 18:9
). Symbolic of treacherous betrayal, it is used in (Ps 41:9
) for the betrayal of a close friend, and in John 13:18
for Jesus’s assessment of Judas’s betrayal (lifting the heel “against” one). Plural uses show close proximity in pursuit (e.g., “they rushed out at his heels,” (Judg 5:15
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
26Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
9A trap seizes them by the heel;
a snare lays hold of them.
9Even my bosom friend in whom I trusted,
who ate of my bread, has lifted the heel against me.
18I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But it is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’
15the chiefs of Issachar came with Deborah,
and Issachar faithful to Barak;
into the valley they rushed out at his heels.
Among the clans of Reuben
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