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70 Bible Verses about Bowing

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Genesis 42:6

Now Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was who sold to all the people of the land; and Joseph's [half] brothers came and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the ground.

2 Samuel 1:2

When on the third day a man came from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance.

Psalm 72:9

Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him and His enemies shall lick the dust.

Genesis 33:3

Then Jacob went over [the stream] before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

Genesis 43:26-28

And when Joseph came home, they brought into the house to him the present which they had with them, and bowed themselves to him to the ground. He asked them of their welfare and said, Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive? And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive. And they bowed down their heads and made obeisance.

Genesis 49:8

Judah, you are the one whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons shall bow down to you.

Exodus 11:8

And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, Get out, and all the people who follow you! And after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in great anger.

Exodus 18:7

And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed in homage and kissed him; and each asked the other of his welfare and they came into the tent.

Ruth 2:10

Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, Why have I found favor in your eyes that you should notice me, when I am a foreigner?

1 Samuel 2:36

Everyone who is left in your house shall come crouching to him for a piece of silver and a bit of bread and say, Put me, I pray you, into a priest's office so I may have a piece of bread.

1 Samuel 24:8

David also arose afterward and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, My lord the king! And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and did obeisance.

1 Samuel 25:23

When Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the donkey, and fell before David on her face and did obeisance.

2 Samuel 15:5

And whenever a man came near to do obeisance to him, he would put out his hand, take hold of him, and kiss him.

2 Samuel 18:28

And Ahimaaz called and said to the king, All is well! And he fell down to the ground on his face before the king and said, Blessed be the Lord your God, Who has shut up the men who lifted up their hands against my lord the king.

1 Kings 1:16

Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king. The king said, What do you wish?

1 Chronicles 21:21

And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw him, and went out from the threshing floor and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.

Isaiah 49:23

And kings shall be your foster fathers and guardians, and their queens your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know [with an acquaintance and understanding based on and grounded in personal experience] that I am the Lord; for they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me.

Genesis 18:2

He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men stood at a little distance from him. He ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the ground

Genesis 19:1

It was evening when the two angels came to Sodom. Lot was sitting at Sodom's [city] gate. Seeing them, Lot rose up to meet them and bowed to the ground.

Numbers 22:31

Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His sword drawn in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell on his face.

Luke 24:5

And as [the women] were frightened and were bowing their faces to the ground, the men said to them, Why do you look for the living among [those who are] dead?

Exodus 4:31

And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the Israelites, and that He had looked [in compassion] upon their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

2 Chronicles 20:18

And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him.

Genesis 24:26

The man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord

Exodus 12:27

You shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 34:8

And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth and worshiped.

Deuteronomy 26:10

And now, behold, I bring the firstfruits of the ground which You, O Lord, have given me. And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God;

Deuteronomy 33:3

Yes, He loves [the tribes] His people; all those consecrated to Him are in Your hand. They followed in Your steps; they [accepted Your word and] received direction from You,

1 Kings 1:47

Moreover, the king's servants came to congratulate our lord King David, saying, May God make the name of Solomon better than your name and make his throne greater than your throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed

2 Kings 17:36

But you shall [reverently] fear, bow yourselves to, and sacrifice to the Lord, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm.

1 Chronicles 29:20

And David said to all the assembly, Now adore (praise and thank) the Lord your God! And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed down and did obeisance to the Lord and to the king [as His earthly representative].

2 Chronicles 29:28

And all the congregation worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

Nehemiah 8:6

And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with faces to the ground.

Psalm 22:27

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall bow down and worship before You,

Isaiah 66:23

And it shall be that from one New Moon to another New Moon and from one Sabbath to another Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord.

Psalm 5:7

But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and mercy; I will worship toward and at Your holy temple in reverent fear and awe of You.

Psalm 138:2

I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Exodus 32:8

They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, These are your gods, O Israel, that brought you up out of the land of Egypt!

2 Kings 17:16

And they forsook all the commandments of the Lord their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the [starry] hosts of the heavens and served Baal.

Isaiah 2:8

Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, what their own fingers have made.

Numbers 25:2

Who invited the [Israelites] to the sacrifices of their gods, and [they] ate and bowed down to Moab's gods.

Deuteronomy 29:26

For they went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods they knew not and that He had not given to them.

2 Kings 21:3

For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as did Ahab king of Israel, and worshiped all the [starry] hosts of the heavens and served them!

2 Chronicles 25:14

After Amaziah came back from the slaughter of the Edomites, he brought their gods and set them up to be his gods and bowed before them and burned incense to them.

Isaiah 44:17

And from what is left [of the log] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!

Ezekiel 8:16

And He brought me to the inner court of the Lord's house; and behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the bronze altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were bowing themselves toward the east and worshiping the sun.

Micah 5:13

Your carved images also I will cut off and your statues or pillars out of your midst, and you shall no more worship the work of your hands.

Matthew 8:2

And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me.

Matthew 9:18

While He was talking this way to them, behold, a ruler entered and, kneeling down, worshiped Him, saying, My daughter has just now died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will come to life.

Matthew 15:25

But she came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying, Lord, help me!

Matthew 27:29

And, weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed (staff) in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they made sport of Him, saying, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), King of the Jews!

Mark 5:6

And when from a distance he saw Jesus, he ran and fell on his knees before Him in homage,

Mark 10:17

And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah's kingdom]?

Luke 17:16

And he fell prostrate at Jesus' feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan.

Psalm 35:14

I behaved as if grieving for my friend or my brother; I bowed down in sorrow, as one who bewails his mother.

Psalm 145:14

The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who are falling and raises up all those who are bowed down.

Psalm 38:6

I am bent and bowed down greatly; I go about mourning all the day long.

Psalm 57:6

They set a net for my steps; my very life was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 146:8

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those upright in heart and in right standing with Him).

Lamentations 2:10

The elders of the Daughter of Zion sit on the ground keeping silent; they have cast dust on their heads, they have girded themselves with sackcloth. The maidens of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground [says Jeremiah].

From Thematic Bible


Bowing » In obeisance

Genesis 37:7

We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down!

Genesis 43:28

And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive. And they bowed down their heads and made obeisance.

Exodus 18:7

And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed in homage and kissed him; and each asked the other of his welfare and they came into the tent.

2 Samuel 15:5

And whenever a man came near to do obeisance to him, he would put out his hand, take hold of him, and kiss him.

Isaiah 49:23

And kings shall be your foster fathers and guardians, and their queens your nursing mothers. They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know [with an acquaintance and understanding based on and grounded in personal experience] that I am the Lord; for they shall not be put to shame who wait for, look for, hope for, and expect Me.

More verses: Matthew 2:11 Luke 8:41

Bowing » What not to bow down before

Exodus 23:24

You shall not bow down to their gods or serve them or do after their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and break down their pillars and images.

Exodus 20:2-5

I am the Lord your God, Who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before or besides Me. You shall not make yourself any graven image [to worship it] or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; read more.
You shall not bow down yourself to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,

Leviticus 26:1

You shall make for yourselves no idols nor shall you erect a graven image, pillar, or obelisk, nor shall you place any figured stone in your land to which or on which to bow down; for I am the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 5:6-9

I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me or besides Me. You shall not make for yourself [to worship] a graven image or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth. read more.
You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Joshua 23:6-7

So be very courageous and steadfast to keep and do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning not aside from it to the right hand or the left, 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.

Bowing » Everyone bowing before the lord

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue [ frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalm 22:28-29

For the kingship and the kingdom are the Lord's, and He is the ruler over the nations. 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.

Isaiah 45:22-23

Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear [allegiance].

Romans 14:11

For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise].

Bowing » In prayer

Genesis 24:26

The man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord

Exodus 4:31

And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the Israelites, and that He had looked [in compassion] upon their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 12:27

You shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 34:8

And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth and worshiped.

Bowing » Why you should bow down to God the father

Ephesians 3:14-16

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, For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].

Bowing » Who bows before the good

Proverbs 14:19

The evil men bow before the good, and the wicked [stand suppliantly] at the gates of the [uncompromisingly] righteous.

Bowing » Bowing before the lord

Bowing » In worship

2 Chronicles 7:3

And when all the people of Israel saw how the fire came down and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed with their faces upon the pavement and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Bowing

1 Kings 19:18

Yet I will leave Myself 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.

2 Kings 5:18

In this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master [the king] goes into the house of [his god] Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon, when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this thing.

Prayer » Postures in prayer » Bowing

Genesis 24:26

The man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord

Exodus 4:31

And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the Israelites, and that He had looked [in compassion] upon their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 12:27

You shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

Exodus 34:8

And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth and worshiped.

Worship » Postures in » Bowing

Exodus 34:8

And Moses made haste to bow his head toward the earth and worshiped.

2 Chronicles 20:18

And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him.

Topics on Bowing

Bowing Before David

9;25;23

When Abigail saw David, she hastened and lighted off the donkey, and fell before David on her face and did obeisance.

Bowing Before God

59;4;10

Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].

Bowing Before Joseph

1;37;7

We [brothers] were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about my sheaf and bowed down!

Bowing Before Messiah

19;45;11

So will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him.

Bowing Heads Before God

1;24;26

The man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord

Bowing To False Gods

12;17;35

With whom the Lord had made a covenant and commanded them, You shall not fear other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them.