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Obeisance, do

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To bow down with one's face to the ground as a sign of homage and submission. KJV and RSV translate the Hebrew shachah as obeisance when the object of homage is a person but as worship when the object of homage is God or other gods (84 times in the RSV). Most often persons did obeisance to the king (1 Samuel 24:8 ; 2 Samuel 1:2 ; 2 Samuel 9:6-8 ; 2 Samuel 14:4 ) or a royal official (Genesis 43:28 ; Esther 3:2 ,Esther 3:2,3:5 ). Moses did obeisance before his father-in-law (Exodus 18:7 ). Saul did obeisance before Samuel's ghost (1 Samuel 28:14 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Obeisance, do'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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