New International Version
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:
Darby Bible Translation
Let now a little water be fetched, that ye may 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;
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CommentaryClarke'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.
tree. Rest in the shade was the second requisite for the refreshment of a weary traveller.
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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.
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.
He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.
"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."
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.
The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
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