Lifted Up His Heel
Lifted His Heel
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Heel, Lifted Up His
HEEL, LIFTED UP HIS. The expression “hath lifted up his heel against me” (Ps 41:9; lit., “made great the heel against me”) refers to the treachery of one’s closest and most trusted friend. That some such rendering is what the psalmist meant seems clear from the LXX and from the independent translation
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Heel, Lifted His
HEEL, LIFTED HIS To lift one’s heel against someone is to turn one’s back and join rank with the enemies. Jesus applied the expression to Judas, who accepted Jesus’ hospitality but then plotted His arrest (John 13:18).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HEEL, LIFTED [עָקֵבʿaqev; πτέρνα pterna]. The phrase appears in Ps 41:9 [Heb. 41:10] where the Hebrew root ʿqb is obscure and has led to different translations. The phrase literally means “to make great the heel.” The same root means “heel” in Gen 3:15; 25:26, but in Gen 49:19 and Josh 8:13 it could