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The Hebrew word pronounced yaw-khafe means to take off the sandals. It is translated in the King James Version as "barefoot" where it was used to refer to distress or humility, often in conjunction with sackcloth (see Sackcloth and Ashes). When King David (see also David, Future King Of Israel) was forced to flee Jerusalem because of a coup that had been staged by his own son Absalom, David "wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot."
"15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up. 15:31 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom. And David said, O LORD, I pray thee, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness." (2 Samuel 15:30-31 KJV)
"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD"
Humility is something that the LORD is going to give to those who don't find humility for themselves. The prophet Isaiah (see also The Prophets: Isaiah) went about "naked and barefoot" ("naked" in that time referred to the removal of the outer garments) as a prophecy to those who were going to be cured of their arrogance.
"20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and fought against Ashdod, and took it; 20:2 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
When people know their God, they recognize how great He is - and how foolish it is to behave arrogantly toward Him. On the other had, the unrepentant are described as "the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it."
"1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
Without the humility of genuine repentance, observing God's law is worthless in His sight because it's not actual observance of His Law. The spirit of the Law must also be present. Otherwise, even observing His Sabbath and Holy Days are like "Sodom" to Him. The LORD's "ye rulers of Sodom" and "ye people of Gomorrah" was addressed to Israel - the original cities of Sodom and Gomorrah had long before been incinerated when those words were spoken (see Sodomites and Sodom and Egypt).
"1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 1:11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 1:12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
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