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Footstool / Placing enemy under the feet


In the past, there was a practice of the conquerors placing their feet upon the neck or body of their defeated enemies. We see a typical example in Joshua 10:16-27 on the surrender and execution of five Amorite Kings who were hiding in a cave at Makkedah when Israelites conquered their nation. When the soldiers brought the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon to Joshua, he asked the commanders of his army to put their feet on the necks of the kings in the presence of all the army of Israel. It was a sign of the victory of Israel over those kings.

Examples of the usage of bringing enemies under the feet or making them a footstool in the Bible:

“The LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, the great king over all the earth, Who made people subject to us, nations under our feet” (Ps 47:3-4).

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand, while I make your enemies your footstool” (Ps 110:1; Mt 22:44; Mk 12:36; Lk 20:42-43).

“Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for “he subjected everything under his feet” (1 Cor 15:24-27).

He put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church” (Eph 1:22).

“But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool” (Heb 10:12-13).


Jesus won victory over Satan. At his second coming, Jesus will bring Satan under his feet. That will be the complete surrender of Satan. The devil brought many Christians under his feet by deviating them from God and breaking the commandments of the Lord. As Christians, we should not let Satan bring us under his feet. Instead, let us be with Jesus in keeping the Satan away from our life.


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