Forms of Worship Using the Body – Bowing Down

C. BOWING DOWN

Gen. 18:2; 19:1; 24:48; Ex. 4:31; 12:27; 34:8; Num. 22:31; 2 Chron. 20:18; 29:30; Ezra 8:6; Ps. 95:6; Is. 45:23; Micah 6:6; Matt. 27:29; Lu. 24:5; Rom. 14:11

Bowing is a further degree of placing self lower than another. We can bow the head, the waist, the knee or totally prostrate ourselves. Each of these is a further degree of obeisance.

The three Hebrew words for “worship” also include the concept of bowing:

Shachah used 171 times

Qadad used 15 times

Kara used 30 times

The primary word in Greek for “worship” is proskuneo, which also means to be prostrate.

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