And the Captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua
As a trial and proof of his obedience to him:
loose thy shoe from off thy foot;
which is to be understood literally, as when the like was commanded Moses at Horeb, ( Exodus 3:5 ) ; though some interpret it figuratively; as Abarbinel,
``remove from thee such thoughts that thou shall take this city by strength:''for the place whereon thou standest [is] holy;
and Joshua did so;
loosed his shoe from his foot, in obedience to the Captain of the Lord's host, thereby giving proof of his readiness, willingness, and alacrity to serve under him.