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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g4547 Greek: sandalion


a diminutive of sandalon, probably a Persian word, Mar 6:9; Act 12:8. The "sandal" is usually had a wooden sole bound on by straps round the instep and ankle.

Smith's Bible Dictionary


was the article ordinarily used by the Hebrews for protecting the feet. It consisted simply of a sole attached to the foot by thongs. We have express notice of the thong (Authorized Version "shoe latchet") in several passages, notably (Genesis 14:23; Isaiah 5:27; Mark 1:7). Sandals were worn by all classes of society in Palestine, even by the very poor; and both the sandal and the thong or shoe‐latchet were so cheap and common that they passed into a proverb for the most insignificant thing (Genesis 14:23; Ecclesiasticus 46:13). They were dispensed with in‐doors, and were only put on by persons about to undertake some business away from their homes. During mealtimes the feet were uncovered (Luke 7:38; John 13:5-6). It was a mark of reverence to cast off the shoes in approaching a place or person of eminent sanctity (Exodus 3:5; Joshua 5:15). It was also an indication of violent emotion, or of mourning, if a person appeared barefoot in public (2 Samuel 15:30). To carry or to unloose a person's sandal was a menial office, betokening great inferiority on the part of the person performing it (Matthew 3:11).

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