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Exodus 3:5

God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Church Pulpit Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Everett's Study Notes;   Geneva Study Bible;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Keil & Delitzsch;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Wells of Living Water;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Mackintosh's Notes;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   Benson's Commentary;   Sermon Bible;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Burning Bush;   Fear of God;   God Continued...;   Israel;   Moses;   Quotations and Allusions;   Religion;   Revelation;   Reverence;   Shoe;   Worship;   Scofield Reference Index - Israel;   Kingdom;   Thompson Chain Reference - Awe;   Godly Reverence;   Reverence;   Reverence-Irreverence;   Shoes Removed;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Egypt;   Feet, the;   Garments;   Shoes;  

Dictionaries:

- American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Angel of the Lord;   Sandals;   Sinai;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Angels;   Moses;   Revelation;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Aaron;   Angel of the Lord;   Building;   Fire;   Holy, Holiness;   Jeremiah, Theology of;   Sanctification;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Frugality;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Theophany;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Adore;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Foot;   Joshua;   Judges, the Book of;   Priest;   Sandal;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Angel;   Bible, Hermeneutics;   Call, Calling;   Foot;   Horeb;   Land, Ground;   Mountain;   Theophany;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Dress;   Foot;   Greek Versions of Ot;   Prayer;   Sinai;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Foot;   Shoe Sandal;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Fire;   Shoes;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Feet;   Naked;   Rod;   Sandals;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Mo'ses;   Sandal;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Foot;   Moses;   Priest;   Shoes;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Exodus, the;   Tabernacle, the;   Priesthood, the;   Moses, the Man of God;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Adoration;   Barefoot;   Dress;   Foot;   Ground;   Holiness;   Moses;   Shoe;   Trinity;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Adoration, Forms of;   Ancestor Worship;   Angelology;   Barefoot;   Costume;   Groves and Sacred Trees;   Holiness;   Moses;   Sandals;   Shoe;   Sinai, Mount;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for March 23;   Every Day Light - Devotion for February 28;  

Parallel Translations

American Standard Version
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Darby's Translation
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: loose thy sandals from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Bible in Basic English
And he said, Do not come near: take off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you are is holy.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
And he said: Draw not nigh hither, put thy shoes of thy feete, for the place whereon thou standest, is holy ground.

Contemporary English Version
God replied, "Don't come any closer. Take off your sandals--the ground where you are standing is holy.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Then he saide, Come not hither, put thy shooes off thy feete: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Easy-to-Read Version
Then the Lord said, "Don't come any closer. Take off your sandals. You are standing on holy ground.

English Standard Version
Then he said, "Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
And he said, Do not draw near; take your shoes from off your feet, for the place whereon you are standing is holy ground.

Brenton Translaton of the Septuagint (LXX)
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: loose thy sandals from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

English Revised Version
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

The Complete Jewish Bible
He said, "Don't come any closer! Take your sandals off your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground.

Good News Translation
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Holman Christian Standard
"Do not come closer," He said. "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

Hebrew Names Version
He said, "Don't come close. Take off your sandals from off your feet, for the place you are standing on is holy ground."

New American Standard Version
Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

J.P. Green Literal Translation
And He said, Do not come near here. Pull off your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
He sayde: Come not hither, put thy shues of thy fete, for the place where vpon thou stondest, is an wholy groude.

New Living Translation
"Do not come any closer," God told him. "Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground."

New Life Version
God said, "Do not come near. Take your shoes off your feet. For the place where you are standing is holy ground."

New International Version
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

New King James
Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."

JPS Old Testament
And He said: 'Draw not nigh hither; put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.'

King James Version (1611)
And he said, Drawe not nigh hither: put off thy shooes from off thy feete, for the place whereon thou standest, is holy ground.

New Century Version
Then God said, "Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground.

New Revised Standard
Then he said, "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

King James Version
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

The Emphasised Bible
And he said - Do not draw nigh hither, - put off thy sandals from thy feet, for, the place whereon thou art standing is holy ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Come not nigh hither, put off the shoes from thy feet; for the place, whereon thou standest, is holy ground.

Revised Standard Version
Then he said, "Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."

Updated Bible Version 1.9
And he said, Don't come any closer: take off your shoes from your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground.

The Webster Bible
And he said, Approach not hither: put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place on which thou standest [is] holy ground.

World English Bible
He said, "Don't come close. Take off your sandals from off your feet, for the place you are standing on is holy ground."

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
And the Lord seide, Neiye thou not hidur, but vnbynde thou the scho of thi feet, for the place in which thou stondist is hooli lond.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith, `Come not near hither: cast thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place on which thou art standing is holy ground.'

The Message
God said, "Don't come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You're standing on holy ground."

Lexham English Bible
And he said, "You must not come near to here. Take off your sandals from on your feet, because the place on which you are standing, it is holy ground."

Contextual Overview

1NOW MOSES kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the back or west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb or Sinai, the mountain of God. 2The Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed. 3And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. 4And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. 5God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. 6Also He said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
Draw not
19:12,21; Leviticus 10:3; Hebrews 12:20
put off
Genesis 28:16,17; Joshua 5:15; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Acts 7:33

Cross-References

Genesis 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Genesis 3:2
And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden,

Genesis 3:3
Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.

Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

Genesis 3:7
Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.

Genesis 3:10
He said, I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Genesis 3:13
And the Lord God said to the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled (cheated, outwitted, and deceived) me, and I ate.

Genesis 3:14
And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all [domestic] animals and above every [wild] living thing of the field; upon your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust [and what it contains] all the days of your life.

Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.

Genesis 3:22
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know [how to distinguish between] good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever--

Gill's Notes on the Bible

And he said, draw not nigh hither,.... Keep a proper distance:

put off thy shoes from off thy feet; dust and dirt cleaving to shoes, and these being ordered to be put off from the feet, the instrument of walking, show that those that draw nigh to God, and are worshippers of him, ought to be of pure and holy lives and conversations:

for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground; not that there was any inherent holiness in this spot of ground more than in any other, which ground is not capable of; but a relative holiness on account of the presence of God here at this time, and was not permanent, only while a pure and holy God was there: hence, in after times, the temple being the place of the divine residence, the priests there performed their services barefooted, nor might a common person enter into the temple with his shoes on; and to this day the Jews go to their synagogues barefooted on the day of atonement, to which Juvenal seems to have respect; and from hence came the Nudipedalia among the Heathens, and that known symbol of Pythagoras, "sacrifice and worship with naked feet": in this manner the priests of Diana sacrificed to her among the Cretians and other people; and so the priests of Hercules did the same; the Brahmans among the Indians never go into their temples without plucking off their shoes; so the Ethiopian Christians, imitating Jews and Gentiles, never go into their places of public worship but with naked feet, and the same superstition the Turks and Mahometans observe.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Put off thy shoes - The reverence due to holy places thus rests upon God‘s own command. The custom itself is well known from the observances of the temple, it was almost universally adopted by the ancients, and is retained in the East.

Holy ground - This passage is almost conclusive against the assumption that the place was previously a sanctuary. Moses knew nothing of its holiness after some 40 years spent on the Peninsula. It became holy by the presence of God.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Put off thy shoes - It is likely that from this circumstance all the eastern nations have agreed to perform all the acts of their religious worship barefooted. All the Mohammedans, Brahmins, and Parsees do so still. The Jews were remarked for this in the time of Juvenal; hence he speaks of their performing their sacred rites barefooted; Sat. vi., ver. 158:

Observant ubi festa mero pede sabbata reges.

The ancient Greeks did the same. Jamblichus, in the life of Pythagoras, tells us that this was one of his maxims, Ανυποδητος θυε και προσκυνει, Offer sacrifice and worship with your shoes off. And Solinus asserts that no person was permitted to enter into the temple of Diana, in Crete, till he had taken off his shoes. "Aedem Numinis (Dianae) praeterquam nudus vestigio nulles licito ingreditur." Tertullian observes, de jejunio, that in a time of drought the worshippers of Jupiter deprecated his wrath, and prayed for rain, walking barefooted. "Cum stupet caelum, et aret annus, nudipedalia, denunciantur." It is probable that נעלים nealim, in the text, signifies sandals, translated by the Chaldee סנדל sandal, and סנדלא sandala, (see Genesis 14:23;), which was the same as the Roman solea, a sole alone, strapped about the foot As this sole must let in dust, gravel, and sand about the foot in travelling, and render it very uneasy, hence the custom of frequently washing the feet in those countries where these sandals were worn. Pulling off the shoes was, therefore, an emblem of laying aside the pollutions contracted by walking in the way of sin. Let those who name the Lord Jesus Christ depart from iniquity. In our western countries reverence is expressed by pulling off the hat; but how much more significant is the eastern custom! "The natives of Bengal never go into their own houses with their shoes on, nor into the houses of others, but always leave their shoes at the door. It would be a great affront not to attend to this mark of respect when visiting; and to enter a temple without pulling off the shoes would be an unpardonable offense." - Ward.

The place whereon thou standest is holy ground - It was not particularly sanctified by the Divine presence; but if we may credit Josephus, a general opinion had prevailed that God dwelt on that mountain; and hence the shepherds, considering it as sacred ground, did not dare to feed their flocks there. Moses, however, finding the soil to be rich and the pasturage good, boldly drove his flock thither to feed on it - Antiq., b. ii., c. xii., s. 1.


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