Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #4352: proskuneo (pronounced pros-koo-neh'-o)

from 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore):--worship.

Thayer's Greek Lexicon:



1) to kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence

2) among the Orientals, especially the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence

3) in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication

3a) used of homage shown to men and beings of superior rank

3a1) to the Jewish high priests

3a2) to God

3a3) to Christ

3a4) to heavenly beings

3a5) to demons

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: from G4314 and a probable derivative of G2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master' s hand)

Citing in TDNT: 6:758, 948


This word is used 61 times:

Matthew 2:2: "east, and are come to worship him."
Matthew 2:8: "him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him"
Matthew 2:11: "mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their"
Matthew 4:9: "thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."
Matthew 4:10: "Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and"
Matthew 8:2: "behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if"
Matthew 9:18: "a certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, My daughter"
Matthew 14:33: "the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art"
Matthew 15:25: "Then came she and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help"
Matthew 18:26: "servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience"
Matthew 20:20: "with her sons, worshiping him, and desiring a certain thing of"
Matthew 28:9: "him by the feet, and worshiped him."
Matthew 28:17: "And when they saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted."
Mark 5:6: "afar off, he ran and worshiped him,"
Mark 15:19: "and bowing their knees worshiped him."
Luke 4:7: "If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine."
Luke 4:8: "Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and"
Luke 24:52: "And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with"
John 4:20: "Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye"
John 4:20: "place where men ought to worship."
John 4:21: "mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father."
John 4:22: "Ye worship ye know not what: we know what"
John 4:22: "we know what we worship: for salvation is of"
John 4:23: "the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit"
John 4:23: "seeketh such to worship him."
John 4:24: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in"
John 4:24: "they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
John 9:38: "Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him."
John 12:20: "among them that came up to worship at the feast:"
Acts 7:43: "figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away"
Acts 8:27: "and had come to"
Acts 8:27: "and had come to"
Acts 10:25: "and fell down at his feet, and worshipped"
Acts 24:11: "twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship."
1 Corinthians 14:25: "falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God"
Hebrews 1:6: "let all the angels of God worship him."
Hebrews 11:21: "sons of Joseph; and worshiped, leaning upon the top of his"
Revelation 3:9: "to come and worship before thy feet, and"
Revelation 4:10: "him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever,"
Revelation 5:14: "four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth forever and ever."
Revelation 7:11: "their faces, and worshiped God,"
Revelation 9:20: "of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols"
Revelation 11:1: "the altar, and them that worship therein."
Revelation 11:16: "fell upon their faces, and worshiped God,"
Revelation 13:4: "And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the"
Revelation 13:4: "unto the beast: and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who"
Revelation 13:8: "upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not"
Revelation 13:12: "them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,"
Revelation 13:15: "and cause that as many as would not worship the image"
Revelation 14:7: "judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth,"

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