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Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
King James Bible
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
American Standard Version
let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
Young's Literal Translation
let, I pray thee, a little water be accepted, and wash your feet, and recline under the tree;
Genesis 18:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let a little water - be fetched, and wash your feet, etc. - In these verses we find a delightful picture of primitive hospitality. In those ancient times shoes such as ours were not in use; and the foot was protected only by sandals or soles, which fastened round the foot with straps. It was therefore a great refreshment in so hot a country to get the feet washed at the end of a day's journey; and this is the first thing that Abraham proposes.
Rest yourselves under the tree - We have already heard of the oak grove of Mamre, Genesis 12:6, and this was the second requisite for the refreshment of a weary traveler, viz., rest in the shade.
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wash your feet. In those ancient times, shoes such as ours, were not in use; and the foot was protected only with sandals or soles, fastened round the foot with straps. It was, therefore, not only necessary from motives of cleanliness, but also a very great refreshment, in so hot a country, to get the feet washed at the end of a day's journey; and this is the first thing that Abraham proposes.
Genesis 19:2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry 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...
Genesis 43:24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys provender.
1 Samuel 25:41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold...
Luke 7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said to Simon, See you this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me no water for my feet...
John 13:5-15 After that he pours water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet...
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...
tree. Rest in the shade was the second requisite for the refreshment of a weary traveller.
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Luke 7:44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
John 13:5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Genesis 18:3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
Genesis 19:2 "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."
Genesis 24:32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.
Genesis 43:24 The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.