The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Barefoot [Heb. yāḥēp̱] (2 S. 15:30; Isa. 20:2–4). In biblical times it was customary for people to walk barefoot indoors and to put on sandals to go out (cf. Ex. 12:11). The dusty roads made it necessary, for the sake of comfort, to take them off and wash the feet when coming into the house (Gen.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
barefoot. Removing one’s shoes can be a sign of reverence or, specifically, respect for sacred ground, 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 (2 Sam. 15:30). In a prophetic symbolic action, Isaiah goes about
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BAREFOOT. Two words are used in the Heb.: yāḥēp, “unshod” (2 Sam 15:30; Isa 20:2–4); and perhaps shôlāl in Mic 1:8), “stripped,” and in Job 12:17, 19, “spoiled.”
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BarefootAlthough Israelites usually wore shoes (sandals) for the prevention of disease and foot problems, at certain times they went barefoot. The state of being barefoot symbolized poverty. At times being shoeless also implied capture (2 Chr. 28:15). When self-imposed it expresses mourning (e.g., Ezek.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Barefoot. While it was customary in biblical times for people to wear sandals when traveling, at times they went barefooted. Such an act was a sign of reverence (in a religious context; cf. the removal of the sandals by Moses [Exod. 3:5] and Joshua [Josh. 5:15] when addressed by God in a theophany),
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BAREFOOT (Heb. yāḥēf, “unshod,” Jer. 2:25). In the East great importance was attached to the clothing, and feelings respecting it were peculiarly sensitive, so that a person was looked upon as stripped and naked if he only removed an outer garment. To go “barefoot” was an indication of great distress
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BarefootTo go barefoot was a sign of great distress (Isa. 20:2, 3, 4), or of some great calamity having fallen on a person (2 Sam. 15:30).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Barefootbarefoot, 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 (2 Sam. 15:30). In a prophetic symbolic
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BAREFOOT — wearing nothing on one’s feet. To go barefoot outside was a sign of great distress. The prophet Isaiah “walked naked and barefoot three years” (Is. 20:2–4) to portray the distress and embarrassment that would fall on Egypt and Ethiopia. Going barefoot also was a sign of mourning (2 Sam. 15:30;
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
BarefootIn the Bible being barefoot means more than simply having no shoes on one’s feet. Thus in different biblical contexts being barefoot can symbolize humility, high status or reverence for God.Humiliation. Bare feet symbolize one’s inner state, serving as an image of spiritual poverty. This association
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Barefooted. Certain monks and nuns, who use sandals instead of shoes. The Jews and Romans used to put off their shoes in mourning and public calamities, by way of humiliation. The practice is defended by the command of our Lord to His disciples: “Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes” (Luke 10:4).
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