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Holman Bible Dictionary

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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; Acts 7:60; Acts 9:40; Acts 20:36; Ephesians 3:14; compare 1 Kings 18:42), acknowledging a superior (2 Kings 1:13; Matthew 17:14; Matthew 27:29; Mark 1:40; Mark 10:17; 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.

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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.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'KNEEL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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