A shoe fastened to the foot with thongs or straps. Putting on sandals was a sign of preparation for a journey (Exod 12:11
; Deut 29:5
; Josh 9:5
; Josh 9:13
) or warfare (Isa 5:27
). Footwear was removed indoors, in sacred precincts (Exod 3:5
; Josh 5:15
), and during mourning (Ezek 24:17
). Transfer of property was confirmed in Hebrew custom by the symbolic exchange of a sandal (Ruth 4:7
; Ruth 4:8
; Amos 2:6
), arising, probably, from the practice of claiming title to land by walking its boundaries or casting a shoe upon it (Ps 60:8
). The public removal of a man’s shoe by the woman he has refused to take in levirate marriage was a humiliating gesture (Deut 25:9-10
). Jesus’s instructions in sending out the Twelve, that they should go barefoot (Matt 10:10
; Luke 10:4
), countered normal practice. Sandals typically belonged to fine dress (Luke 15:22
) and full dress (Acts 12:8
11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of ... View more
5I have led you forty years in the wilderness. The clothes on your back have not worn out, and the sandals on your feet have not worn out;
5with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes; and all their provisions were dry and moldy.
13these wineskins were new when we filled them, and see, they are burst; and these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey.”
27None of them is weary, none stumbles,
none slumbers or sleeps,
not a loincloth is loose,
not a sandal-thong broken;
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.
17Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your upper lip or eat the bread of mo ... View more
7Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one took off a sandal and gave it to the o ... View more
8So when the next-of-kin said to Boaz, “Acquire it for yourself,” he took off his sandal.
Judgment on Israel
6Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;
because they sell the righteous for ... View more
8Moab is my washbasin;
on Edom I hurl my shoe;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
9then his brother's wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, pull his sandal off his foot, spit in his face, and declare, “This is what is done to ... View more
10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.
4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
8The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.” He did so. Then he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”