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- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
- » Knee, Kneel
- Greek - kneel, kneeling
- Greek - kneel down to, kneel to
- Greek - kneel down, kneeling
- Hebrew - kneeling, kneel down, kneeled, kneeled down, kneels
- Hebrew - kneel, kneel down, make to kneel
- Hebrew - kneel, kneeling
The common posture when requesting a blessing from one believed able to bestow the blessing. The Hebrew word for kneel comes from the same root as the word for bless. Kneeling is also considered a sign of reverence, obedience, or respect. Kneeling was the posture of prayer (Daniel 6:10;
Ephesians 3:14; compare
1 Kings 18:42), acknowledging a superior (2 Kings 1:13;
Luke 5:8), or worship of God (1 Kings 8:54), Jesus (Philippians 2:10), or idols (1 Kings 19:18;
Isaiah 66:3 where blessing an idol refers to kneeling before an idol). See Blessing and Cursing.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'KNEEL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".