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It is said according to Deuteronomy the Israelites wondered in the wilderness for forty years without their clothing and sandals wearing out.

Deuteronomy 29:5 NASB

5 And I have led you in the wilderness for forty years; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.

But in those forty years wondering in the wilderness some had been young and now they were old so could they not have outgrown their clothing

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  • Intriguing thought. I cancelled the down-vote for you.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 27 at 9:57
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    Having clothes/sandals that don't wear out doesn't prevent you from making new clothes/sandals. Apr 27 at 10:43
  • @SpiritRealmInvestigator - I agree - it simply means you do not need to replace worn out clothes.
    – Dottard
    Apr 27 at 10:58
  • They had spoiled the Egyptians, before leaving Egypt, borrowing what they would need. And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. Exodus 12:36.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 27 at 15:49
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    Another point to consider is that as the families grew in stature, their outgrown clothes would be given to the younger generation, aka "hand-me-downs".
    – agarza
    Apr 27 at 16:46
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Did the Israelites not outgrow their clothes in the forty year wanderings?

Yes, some did but God provided miraculously.

Deuteronomy 8:

2Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.

They always had good clothes on their back and good shoes on their feet because God miraculously provided as he did for their food. They didn't have any trouble finding materials to make new clothes or shoes when needed.

Deuteronomy 29:5

the LORD says, "During the forty years that I led you through the wilderness, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet.

Ezekiel 16:10 gives us some idea of what sandals were made of:

I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you.

God miraculously preserved their old clothes and sandals and provided materials for making new clothes and sandals. The 40 years in the wilderness was one big lesson in God's providence.

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  • They had spoiled the Egyptians, before leaving Egypt, borrowing what they would need. And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. Exodus 12:36.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 27 at 15:48
  • I modified and added. Thanks.
    – Tony Chan
    Apr 27 at 16:27
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Having clothes/sandals that don't wear out doesn't prevent you from making new clothes/sandals. To illustrate the point by way of an analogy: if there is a store that sells indestructible clothing, and you buy some for your newborn son, but months later he outgrows his clothes, well, you simply go to the store and buy him some new indestructible clothes again. I do not see where the problem is.

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  • There were no stores in the wilderness, is the problem. And the enemies didn't trade. Hence the manna from heaven. And hence the preservation of what clothing they had when they left Egypt. If you just 'go to the store' then why is the clothing preserved in the first place ? Your answer is illogical.
    – Nigel J
    Apr 27 at 13:49
  • There sure are a lot of instructions on making things out of textiles in the wilderness for a people you assume can't make anything... Upvoted. Apr 27 at 15:24
  • @NigelJ - I meant that part as an analogy, not literally. I edited the answer. Apr 27 at 15:43

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