a mode of showing respect. Abraham "bowed himself to the people of the land" (Ge 23:7); so Jacob to Esau (Ge 33:3); and the brethren of Joseph before him as the governor of the land (Ge 43:28). Bowing is also frequently mentioned as an act of adoration to idols (Jos 23:7; 2Ki 5:18; Jg 2:19; Isa 44:15), and to God (Jos 5:14; Ps 22:29; 72:9; Mic 6:6; Ps 95:6; Eph 3:14).
And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, the Hittites.
Then Jacob went over [the stream] before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive. And they bowed down their heads and made obeisance.
And He said, No [neither], but as Prince of the Lord's host have I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, What says my Lord to His servant?
That you may not mix with these nations that remain among you, or make mention of the names of their gods or swear by them or serve them or bow down to them.
But when the judge was dead, they turned back and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, following and serving other gods, and bowing down to them. They did not cease from their practices or their stubborn way.
All the mighty ones upon earth shall eat [in thanksgiving] and worship; all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.
Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him and His enemies shall lick the dust.
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker [in reverent praise and supplication].
Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn; a part of it he takes and warms himself, yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. [Then out of the remainder, the leavings] he also makes a god and worships it! He [with his own hands] makes it into a graven image and falls down and worships it!
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
For this reason [ seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,