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70 Bible Verses about Bowing

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Genesis 42:6

Joseph was in charge of the country; he sold grain to all its people. His brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.

2 Samuel 1:2

On the third day a man with torn clothes and dust on his head came from Saul’s camp. When he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage.

Psalm 72:9

May desert tribes kneel before him
and his enemies lick the dust.

Genesis 33:3

He himself went on ahead and bowed to the ground seven times until he approached his brother.

Genesis 43:26-28

When Joseph came home, they brought him the gift they had carried into the house, and they bowed to the ground before him. He asked if they were well, and he said, “How is your elderly father that you told me about? Is he still alive?” They answered, “Your servant our father is well. He is still alive.” And they bowed down to honor him.

Genesis 49:8

Judah, your brothers will praise you.
Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.

Exodus 11:8

All these officials of yours will come down to me and bow before me, saying: Leave, you and all the people who follow you. After that, I will leave.’” And he left Pharaoh’s presence in fierce anger.

Exodus 18:7

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, bowed down, and then kissed him. They asked each other how they had been and went into the tent.

Ruth 2:10

She bowed with her face to the ground and said to him, “Why are you so kind to notice me, although I am a foreigner?”

1 Samuel 2:36

Anyone who is left in your family will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread. He will say: Please appoint me to some priestly office so I can have a piece of bread to eat.’”

1 Samuel 24:8

After that, David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed to the ground in homage.

1 Samuel 25:23

When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and fell with her face to the ground in front of David.

2 Samuel 15:5

When a person approached to bow down to him, Absalom reached out his hand, took hold of him, and kissed him.

2 Samuel 18:28

Ahimaaz called out to the king, “All is well,” and then bowed down to the king with his face to the ground. He continued, “May the Lord your God be praised! He delivered up the men who rebelled against my lord the king.”

1 Kings 1:16

Bathsheba bowed down and paid homage to the king, and he asked, “What do you want?”

1 Chronicles 21:21

David came to Ornan, and when Ornan looked and saw David, he left the threshing floor and bowed to David with his face to the ground.

Isaiah 49:23

Kings will be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down to you
with their faces to the ground,
and lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am Yahweh;
those who put their hope in Me
will not be put to shame.

Genesis 18:2

He looked up, and he saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed to the ground.

Genesis 19:1

The two angels entered Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting at Sodom’s gate. When Lot saw them, he got up to meet them. He bowed with his face to the ground

Numbers 22:31

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the path with a drawn sword in His hand. Balaam knelt and bowed with his face to the ground.

Luke 24:5

So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men.

Exodus 4:31

The people believed, and when they heard that the Lord had paid attention to them and that He had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

2 Chronicles 20:18

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

Exodus 12:27

you are to reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and spared our homes.’” So the people bowed down and worshiped.

Deuteronomy 26:10

I have now brought the first of the land’s produce that You, Lord, have given me.You will then place the container before the Lord your God and bow down to Him.

Deuteronomy 33:3

Indeed He loves the people.
All Your holy ones are in Your hand,
and they assemble at Your feet.
Each receives Your words.

1 Kings 1:47

“The king’s servants have also gone to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon more well known than your name, and may He make his throne greater than your throne.’ Then the king bowed in worship on his bed.

2 Kings 17:36

Instead fear the Lord, who brought you from the land of Egypt with great power and an outstretched arm. You are to bow down to Him, and you are to sacrifice to Him.

1 Chronicles 29:20

Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So the whole assembly praised the Lord God of their ancestors. They bowed down and paid homage to the Lord and the king.

2 Chronicles 29:28

The whole assembly was worshiping, singing the song, and blowing the trumpets—all of this continued until the burnt offering was completed.

Nehemiah 8:6

Ezra praised the Lord, the great God, and with their hands uplifted all the people said, “Amen, Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

Isaiah 66:23

All mankind will come to worship Me
from one New Moon to another
and from one Sabbath to another,”
says the Lord.

Psalm 5:7

But I enter Your house
by the abundance of Your faithful love;
I bow down toward Your holy temple
in reverential awe of You.

Psalm 138:2

I will bow down toward Your holy temple
and give thanks to Your name
for Your constant love and truth.
You have exalted Your name
and Your promise above everything else.

Exodus 32:8

They have quickly turned from the way I commanded them; they have made for themselves an image of a calf. They have bowed down to it, sacrificed to it, and said, ‘Israel, this is your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.’”

2 Kings 17:16

They abandoned all the commands of the Lord their God. They made cast images for themselves, two calves, and an Asherah pole. They worshiped the whole heavenly host and served Baal.

Isaiah 2:8

Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.

Numbers 25:2

The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods.

Deuteronomy 29:26

They began to worship other gods, bowing down to gods they had not known—gods that the Lord had not permitted them to worship.

2 Kings 21:3

He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah, as King Ahab of Israel had done; he also worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.

2 Chronicles 25:14

After Amaziah came from the attack on the Edomites, he brought the gods of the Seirites and set them up as his gods. He worshiped before them and burned incense to them.

Isaiah 44:17

He makes a god or his idol with the rest of it.
He bows down to it and worships;
He prays to it, “Save me, for you are my god.”

Ezekiel 8:16

So He brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house, and there were about 25 men at the entrance of the Lord’s temple, between the portico and the altar, with their backs to the Lord’s temple and their faces turned to the east. They were bowing to the east in worship of the sun.

Micah 5:13

I will remove your carved images
and sacred pillars from you
so that you will not bow down again
to the work of your hands.

Philippians 2:10

so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—

Matthew 8:2

Right away a man with a serious skin disease came up and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

Matthew 9:18

As He was telling them these things, suddenly one of the leaders came and knelt down before Him, saying, “My daughter is near death, but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.”

Matthew 15:25

But she came, knelt before Him, and said, “Lord, help me!”

Matthew 27:29

They twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and placed a reed in His right hand. And they knelt down before Him and mocked Him: “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Mark 10:17

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Psalm 35:14

I went about grieving as if for my friend or brother;
I was bowed down with grief,
like one mourning a mother.

Psalm 145:14

The Lord helps all who fall;
He raises up all who are oppressed.

Psalm 38:6

I am bent over and brought low;
all day long I go around in mourning.

Psalm 57:6

They prepared a net for my steps;
I was despondent.
They dug a pit ahead of me,
but they fell into it!Selah

Lamentations 2:10

?YodThe elders of Daughter Zion
sit on the ground in silence.
They have thrown dust on their heads
and put on sackcloth.
The young women of Jerusalem
have bowed their heads to the ground.

From Thematic Bible


Bowing » In obeisance

Genesis 37:7

There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

Genesis 43:28

They answered, “Your servant our father is well. He is still alive.” And they bowed down to honor him.

Exodus 18:7

So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, bowed down, and then kissed him. They asked each other how they had been and went into the tent.

2 Samuel 15:5

When a person approached to bow down to him, Absalom reached out his hand, took hold of him, and kissed him.

Isaiah 49:23

Kings will be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down to you
with their faces to the ground,
and lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am Yahweh;
those who put their hope in Me
will not be put to shame.

More verses: Matthew 2:11 Luke 8:41

Bowing » What not to bow down before

Exodus 23:24

You must not bow down to their gods or worship them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.

Exodus 20:2-5

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me. Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. read more.
You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin, to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Deuteronomy 5:6-9

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. Do not have other gods besides Me. Do not make an idol for yourself in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. read more.
You must not bow down to them or worship them, because I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the fathers' sin to the third and fourth [generations] of those who hate Me,

Joshua 23:6-7

"Be very strong, and continue obeying all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you do not turn from it to the right or left and so that you do not associate with these nations remaining among you. Do not call on the names of their gods or make an oath to them; do not worship them or bow down to them.

Bowing » Everyone bowing before the lord

Philippians 2:9-11

For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow- of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth- and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalm 22:28-29

for kingship belongs to the Lord; He rules over the nations. All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before Him- even the one who cannot preserve his life.

Isaiah 45:22-23

Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance.

Romans 14:11

For it is written:As I live, says the Lord,
every knee will bow to Me,
and every tongue will give praise to God.

Bowing » In prayer

Exodus 4:31

The people believed, and when they heard that the Lord had paid attention to them and that He had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Exodus 12:27

you are to reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and spared our homes.’” So the people bowed down and worshiped.

Bowing » Why you should bow down to God the father

Ephesians 3:14-16

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. [I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

Bowing » Who bows before the good

Proverbs 14:19

The evil bow before those who are good,
the wicked, at the gates of the righteous.

Bowing » Bowing before the lord

Bowing » In worship

2 Chronicles 7:3

All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the Lord came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the Lord:For He is good,
for His faithful love endures forever.

Idolatry » Other customs of » Bowing

1 Kings 19:18

But I will leave 7,000 in Israel—every knee that has not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

2 Kings 5:18

However, in a particular matter may the Lord pardon your servant: When my master, the king of Aram, goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship and I, as his right-hand man, bow in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord pardon your servant in this matter.”

Prayer » Postures in prayer » Bowing

Exodus 4:31

The people believed, and when they heard that the Lord had paid attention to them and that He had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Exodus 12:27

you are to reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and spared our homes.’” So the people bowed down and worshiped.

Worship » Postures in » Bowing

2 Chronicles 20:18

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

Topics on Bowing

Bowing Before David

9;25;23

When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off the donkey and fell with her face to the ground in front of David.

Bowing Before God

59;4;10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

Bowing Before Joseph

1;37;7

There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”

Bowing Before Messiah

19;45;11

and the king will desire your beauty.
Bow down to him, for he is your lord.

Bowing Heads Before God

1;24;26

Then the man bowed down, worshiped the Lord,

Bowing To False Gods

12;17;35

The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, “Do not fear other gods; do not bow down to them; do not serve them; do not sacrifice to them.

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