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of various forms, from the mere sandal to the complete covering of the foot

The word so rendered (King James Version) in Deuteronomy 33:25, min'al, “a bar,” is derived from a root meaning “to bolt” or “shut fast,” and hence a fastness or fortress. The verse has accordingly been rendered “iron and brass shall be thy fortress,” or, as in the Revised King James Version, “thy bars [marginal note, “shoes”] shall be iron and brass.”