Bible Articles on the Topic of obeisance

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Worship of Christ?

The Greek “proskuneo”, “to make obeisance, do reverence to” (from pros, “towards,” and kuneo, “to kiss”), is the most frequent word rendered “to worship.” It is used of an act of homage or reverence... (a) to God, e.g., Matthew 4:10; John 4:21-24; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Revelation 4:10; 5:14; 7:11; 11:16; 19:10 (2nd part); Revelation 22:9; (b) to Christ, e.g., Matthew 2:2,8,11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9,17; John 9:38; Hebrews 1:6, in a quotation from the LXX of Deuteronomy 32:43, referring to Christ’s second advent; (c) to a man, Matthew 18:26; (d) to the Dragon, by men, Revelation 13:4; (e) to the Beast, his human instrument, Revelation 13:4,8,12; 14:9,11; (f) the image of the Beast, Revelation 13:15; 14:11; 16:2; (g) to “demons,” Revelation 9:20; and (h) to idols, Acts 7:43 (from Vine’s).

Worshipping Jesus and the Trinitarian Argument

Trinitarians believe, among many things, that Jesus has always been the Supreme deity—LORD God Almighty—while at the same time believing that Jesus was and/or is fully a man. They reject the possibility that Jesus could simply be a second Adam, a unique creation of God, by using the argument that “creature worship” is forbidden by the Bible and then noting that Jesus is worshipped in the Bible. Using Romans 1:25, they argue that those who worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator, are unlearned ones who walk in darkness, and that “creature worship” will result in God’s wrath:

Worshipping Our Lord Jesus

“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2)

Is It Worship?

“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord...”  (John 17:12)

Is Jesus God Because He Was Worshipped?

Christian worship has been very important to the question of whether Jesus is God. The New Testament (NT) records certain instances in which Jesus was “worshipped.” Christians generally have regarded these as evidence that those practitioners believed that Jesus was God, since only God should be worshipped. But what does “worship” mean?

Who Should Christians Worship?

Should Christians worship only God? Or God and Jesus? Or is it redundant to say that we should worship both God and Jesus? If Jesus isn’t God himself, is it therefore the sin of idolatry to worship Jesus? In this video, these questions are addressed in light of scripture.

Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk on Bowing Down and Worshipping the Son of God

At several points in these gospels Jesus is worshiped or at least bowed to. Is the reader supposed to infer that Jesus is God himself? This is an excerpt of a much longer interview between Dr. J. R. Daniel Kirk and Dale Tuggy.


Homage or reverence to any one (Genesis 37:7; 43:28).


ṓ-bā ́sans: It is used 9 times in the King James Version in the phrase “made (or did) obeisance” as a rendering of the reflexive form of (שׁחה, shāḥāh), and denotes the bow or curtsey indicative of deference and respect. The same form of the verb is sometimes translated “to bow one’s self” when it expresses the deferential attitude of one person to another (Genesis 33:6-7, etc.). Occasionally the vow of homage or fealty to a king on the part of a subject is suggested. In Joseph’s dream his brother’s sheaves made obeisance to his sheaf (Genesis 43:28; compare also 2 Samuel 15:5; 2 Chronicles 24:17). But in a large number of instances the verb denotes the prostrate posture of the worshipper in the presence of Deity, and is generally rendered, “to worship” in the King James Version. In all probability this was the original significance of the word (Genesis 24:26, etc.). Obeisance (= obedience) originally signified the vow of obedience made by a vassal to his lord or a slave to his master, but in time denoted the act of bowing as a token of respect.


wûr ́ship (Anglo-Saxon: weorthscipe, wyrthscype, “honor,” from weorth, wurth, “worthy,” “honorable,” and scipe, “ship”):


Obeisance, (a frequent rendering of שָׁחָה, shachah’, in Hithpael, to bow one’s self in reverence). In 1 Kings 1:16, when Bathsheba presented herself to David, it is said, “And Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance unto the king; and the king said, What wouldest thou?” In India, “When a husband goes on a journey, or when he returns,” Roberts says, “his wife on seeing him puts her hands together, and presents them to him as an act of obeisance. When she has an important request to make, she does the same thing; and it is surprising to see the weakness of him who pretends to be the stronger vessel, for, undersuch circumstances, she will gain almost anything she wants. Hence the force of their popular proverb, ‘The woman who regularly makes obeisance to her husband, can make it rain whenever she pleases.’ When Bathsheba made her obeisance to the king, he asked, ‘What wouldest ‘thou?’ but the Hebrew has this, ‘What to thee?’ This accords with the idiom of the Tamul language. Thus it will be asked of a person who stands with his hands presented to a great man, ‘To thee what?’ If speaking of a third person, ‘To him what?’ or, literally, ‘Him to what?’ SEE ATTITUDE; SEE BOWING; SEE COURTESY; SEE SALUTATION.

Joseph’s Brethren Bow Down