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Shake the dust off one’s feet (Matthew 10:14)/ Acts 13:50-51

bible verse

“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.” (Matthew 10:14)


This action is used to show how much you want to separate yourself from something unpleasant.

origin and application

This expression appears in two places in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asked the disciples to shake the dust of a town off their feet if their preaching was not welcomed there. This practice was a demonstration of their separation from those who rejected the word of God. The practice of “shaking dust from one’s feet” was recorded in the Book of Acts. While Paul and Barnabas were teaching the Gentiles in Antioch, who gladly received the word of God, both of them were rejected and expelled from the region by the Jewish community. So Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet in protest against them.


I don’t like this city. I am hoping to shake the dust off my feet and move on.


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