Genesis 18:4
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New International Version
Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.

New Living Translation
Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet.

English Standard Version
Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree,

Berean Study Bible
Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree.

New American Standard Bible
"Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree;

King James Bible
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

Christian Standard Bible
Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree.

Contemporary English Version
I'll have some water brought, so you can wash your feet, then you can rest under a tree.

Good News Translation
Let me bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree.

International Standard Version
I'll have some water brought to wash your feet while you rest under the tree.

NET Bible
Let a little water be brought so that you may all wash your feet and rest under the tree.

New Heart English Bible
Now let a little water be fetched, wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why don't we let someone bring a little water? After you wash your feet, you can stretch out and rest under the tree.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline yourselves under the tree.

New American Standard 1977
“Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let a little water, I pray you, be brought and wash your feet and rest yourselves under a tree;

King James 2000 Bible
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

American King James Version
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:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I will fetch a little water, and wash ye your feet, and rest ye under the tree.

Darby Bible Translation
Let now a little water be fetched, that ye may wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.

English Revised Version
let now a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let a little water, I pray you, be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

World English Bible
Now let a little water be fetched, 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;
Study Bible
The Three Visitors
3“My lord,” said Abraham, “if I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. 4Let a little water be brought, that you may wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree. 5And I will bring a bit of bread so that you may refresh yourselves. This is why you have passed your servant’s way. After that, you may continue on your way.” “Yes,” they replied, “you may do as you have said.”…
Cross References
Luke 7:44
And turning to the woman, He said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? When I entered your house, you did not give Me 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 the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that was around Him.

Genesis 18:3
"My lord," said Abraham, "if I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by.

Genesis 19:2
and said, "My lords, please turn aside into the house of your servant; wash your feet and spend the night. Then you can rise early and go on your way." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."

Genesis 24:32
So the man came to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were brought to the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of his companions.

Genesis 43:24
And the steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet, and provided food for their donkeys.

Treasury of Scripture

Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

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 …

Genesis 24:32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and …

Genesis 43:24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, …

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? …

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, …

tree. Rest in the shade was the second requisite for the refreshment of a weary traveller.







(4) Wash your feet.--This is the first necessity of Oriental hospitality (Judges 19:21), not merely because the feet, protected only by sandals, are soiled by the dirt of the roads, but because it cools the whole body, and allays the feverishness caused by the heat of travelling. Thus refreshed they are "to rest," Heb., to lay themselves down, in the shade.

Verse 4. - Let a little water, I pray yon, be fetched, and wash your feet. Feet washing was a necessary part of Oriental hospitality (cf. Genesis 19:2; Genesis 24:32; Genesis 43:24). "Among the ancient Egyptians the basins kept in the houses of the rich for this purpose were sometimes of gold" (Freeman, Bible Manners, 'Homiletic Quarterly,' vol. 1. p. 78). "In India it is considered a necessary part of hospitality to wash the feet and ankles of the weary traveler, and even in Palestine this interesting custom is not extinct. Dr. Robinson and party on arriving at Ramleh repaired to the abode of a wealthy Arab, where the ceremony was performed in the genuine style of ancient Oriental hospitality (vide Kitto's 'Bible Illustrations,' vol. 1. p. 230). And rest yourselves (literally, recline by resting on the elbow) under the tree. Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet,.... Which was very refreshing to travellers in hot countries, who walked barefoot or in sandals; and this he proposes to be done by one of his servants, whose business it was, only desires they would give him leave to order it, 1 Samuel 25:41; and so it was usual in other countries, and in later times, for servants to fetch water to wash the hands and feet of guests (l):

and rest yourselves under the tree; before the tent door, under which doubtless were seats to sit down upon, where they might rest their weary limbs; it is very probable this was an oak tree, and which, and a turpentine tree the ancient writers speak of, continued unto the times of Constantine; see Gill on Genesis 13:18; and the Jewish writers say (m), that now near the city (Hebron), between the vineyards, are the oaks of Mamre, where is the house of Abraham our father, on whom be peace, and the tree under which the angels ate, and the stone on which he (Abraham) sat when he was circumcised.

(l) "----- dant manibus famuli lymphas." --Virgil. Aeneid. l. 1.((m) Cippi Hebr. p. 9. Ed. Hottinger. 18:1-8 Abraham was waiting to entertain any weary traveller, for inns were not to be met with as among us. While Abraham was thus sitting, he saw three men coming. These were three heavenly beings in human bodies. Some think they were all created angels; others, that one of them was the Son of God, the Angel of the covenant. Washing the feet is customary in those hot climates, where only sandals are worn. We should not be forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares, Heb 13:2; nay, the Lord of angels himself; as we always do, when for his sake we entertain the least of his brethren. Cheerful and obliging manners in showing kindness, are great ornaments to piety. Though our condescending Lord vouchsafes not personal visits to us, yet still by his Spirit he stands at the door and knocks; when we are inclined to open, he deigns to enter; and by his gracious consolations he provides a rich feast, of which we partake with him, Re 3:20.
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