“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT OUR FEET”
- Necessary members of the body.
1 Corinthians 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?1 Corinthians 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
- PARTS OF, MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE;
Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.Psalms 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?Hosea 12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
Deuteronomy 11:24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.1 Kings 5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.
Exodus 29:20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.2 Samuel 21:20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
- Often swift.
2 Samuel 2:18 And there were three sons of Zeruiah there, Joab, and Abishai, and Asahel: and Asahel was as light of foot as a wild roe.2 Samuel 22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
- WERE LIABLE TO
1 Kings 15:23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
- Swelling from walking.
Deuteronomy 8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.
- Injury from stones, &c.
Psalms 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
- Early use of shoes for.
Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
- Of women often adorned with tinkling ornaments.
Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:Isaiah 3:18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
- OF THE JEWS
- Neglected in affliction.
2 Samuel 19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.
- Bare in affliction.
2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
- Washed frequently.
2 Samuel 11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king’s house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king.Song of Solomon 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
- Neglected in affliction.
- Stamped on the ground in extreme joy or grief.
Ezekiel 6:11 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.Ezekiel 25:6 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;
- Washing for others, a menial office.
1 Samuel 25:41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.John 13:5-14 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. …
- Of strangers and travellers washed.
Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.Genesis 24:32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men’s feet that were with him.1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
- Neglect of washing, disrespectful to guest.
Luke 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
- Respect exhibited by falling at.
1 Samuel 25:24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.2 Kings 4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.Esther 8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.Mark 5:22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,Acts 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
- Reverence expressed by kissing.
Luke 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.Luke 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
- Sleep expressed by covering.
1 Samuel 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
- Subjection expressed by licking the dust of.
Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
- Condemnation expressed by shaking the dust from.
Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.Mark 6:11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.
- Subjugation of enemies expressed by placing on their necks.
Joshua 10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.Psalms 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
- Origin of uncovering in consecrated places.
Exodus 3:5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
- Of enemies often maimed and cut off.
Judges 1:6-7 But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.2 Samuel 4:12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.
- OF CRIMINALS
- Bound with fetters.
Psalms 105:18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
- Placed in stocks.
Job 13:27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.Acts 16:24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
- Bound with fetters.
- Path of, to be pondered.
Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
- To be refrained from evil.
Proverbs 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:Hebrews 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
- To be turned to God’s testimonies.
Psalms 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
- To be directed by God’s word.
Psalms 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- To be guided by wisdom and discretion.
Proverbs 3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:Proverbs 3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
- OF THE WICKED
- Swift to mischief.
Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
- Swift to shed blood.
Proverbs 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.Romans 3:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Job 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.Psalms 9:15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
- Swift to mischief.
- OF SAINTS
- At liberty.
Psalms 18:36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.Psalms 31:8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
- Kept by God.
1 Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.Psalms 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
- Established by God.
Psalms 66:9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.Psalms 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
- Guided by Christ.
Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
- At liberty.
- (Set on a rock,) of stability.
Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
- (Set in a large place,) of liberty.
- (Sliding,) of yielding to temptation.
Job 12:5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.Psalms 17:5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.Psalms 38:16 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.Psalms 94:18 When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
- (Treading under,) of complete destruction.
Isaiah 18:7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.Lamentations 1:15 The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.
- (Washed or dipped in oil,) of abundance.
Deuteronomy 33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.Job 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
- (Dipped in blood,) of victory.
Psalms 68:23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
- (Set on a rock,) of stability.