* dressed his feet.
Literally, made his feet, which seems to mean washing the feet
paring the nails, and perhaps anointing or otherwise perfuming
them, if not tinging the nails with henna; see Note on De
21:12. Sir John Chardin, in his MS. note on this place,
informs us, that it is customary in the East to have as much
care of the feet as the hands; and that their barbers cut and
adjust the nails with a proper instrument, because they often
go barefoot. The nails of the toes of the mummies inspected
in London in 1763, of which an account is given in the
Philosophical Transactions for 1764, seem to have been tinged
with some reddish colour.
15:30 Isa 15:2 Jer 41:5 Mt 6:16 Ro 12:15 Heb 13:3
Literally, made his beard, which may mean, combing, curling,
and perfuming it. But Mr. Morier says that they almost
universally dye the beard black, by successive layers of a
paste made of henna, and another made of the leaf of the
indigo: the first tinging with an orange colour, and the next
with a dark bottle green, which becomes jet black when exposed
to the air for twenty-four hours.