put off thy shoes from off thy feet




God calls to Moses from the midst of a burning bush near the mountain of God near Horeb. He tells Moses to take off his shoes since he is walking on sacred ground.

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

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Exodus 3:5 Translation & Meaning

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And he said, וַיֹּ֖אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
Draw not nigh תִּקְרַ֣ב To approach (causatively, bring near) for whatever purpose Draw not nigh
hither: הֲלֹ֑ם Hither hither
put off שַׁל To pluck off, i.e., divest, eject or drop put off
thy shoes נְעָלֶ֙יךָ֙ Properly, a sandal tongue; by extension a sandal or slipper (sometimes as a symbol of occupancy, a refusal to marry, or of something valueless) shoes
from off מֵעַ֣ל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications off
thy feet, רַגְלֶ֔יךָ A foot (as used in walking); by implication, a step; by euphemistically the pudenda feet
for כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
the place הַמָּק֗וֹם Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place
whereon אֲשֶׁ֤ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc whereon
thou אַתָּה֙ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
standest עוֹמֵ֣ד To stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive) standest
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
holy קֹ֖דֶשׁ A sacred place or thing; rarely abstract, sanctity holy
ground. אַדְמַת Soil (from its general redness) ground

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  • 3  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

  • 4  And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

  • 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.

  • 6  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy 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 upon God.

  • 7  And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;


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