Greek/Hebrew Definitions

Strong's #7812: shachah (pronounced shaw-khaw')

a primitive root; to depress, i.e. prostrate (especially reflexive, in homage to royalty or God):--bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reverence, make to stoop, worship.

Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:



1) to bow down

1a) (Qal) to bow down

1b) (Hiphil) to depress (figuratively)

1c) (Hithpael)

1c1) to bow down, prostrate oneself

1c1a) before superior in homage

1c1b) before God in worship

1c1c) before false gods

1c1d) before angel

Part of Speech: verb

Relation: a primitive root


This word is used 171 times:

Genesis 18:2: "them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,"
Genesis 19:1: "seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;"
Genesis 22:5: "and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to"
Genesis 23:7: "And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth."
Genesis 23:12: "And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land."
Genesis 24:26: "And the man bowed down his head, and worshiped the LORD."
Genesis 24:48: "And I bowed down my head, and worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master"
Genesis 24:52: "heard their words, he worshiped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth."
Genesis 27:29: "Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's"
Genesis 27:29: "over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth"
Genesis 33:3: "And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until"
Genesis 33:6: "came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves."
Genesis 33:7: "also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel,"
Genesis 33:7: "and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves."
Genesis 37:7: "and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf."
Genesis 37:9: "and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance"
Genesis 37:10: "and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?"
Genesis 42:6: "and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth."
Genesis 43:26: "which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth."
Genesis 43:28: "he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made obeisance."
Genesis 47:31: "Swear unto me. And he swore unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head."
Genesis 48:12: "brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth."
Genesis 49:8: "of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down"
Exodus 4:31: "their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped."
Exodus 11:8: "thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all"
Exodus 12:27: "our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshiped."
Exodus 18:7: "went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other"
Exodus 20:5: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God"
Exodus 23:24: "Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works:"
Exodus 24:1: "and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off."
Exodus 32:8: "them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshiped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods,"
Exodus 33:10: "and all the people rose up and worshiped, every man in his tent door."
Exodus 34:8: "made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped."
Exodus 34:14: "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name"
Leviticus 26:1: "any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD"
Numbers 22:31: "drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face."
Numbers 25:2: "of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods."
Deuteronomy 4:19: "the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God"
Deuteronomy 5:9: "Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God"
Deuteronomy 8:19: "after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that"
Deuteronomy 11:16: "and serve other gods, and worship"
Deuteronomy 17:3: "and served other gods, and worshiped them, either the sun, or moon, or"
Deuteronomy 26:10: "me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:"
Deuteronomy 29:26: "and served other gods, and worshiped them, gods whom they knew not,"
Deuteronomy 30:17: "so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve"
Joshua 5:14: "on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord"
Joshua 23:7: "by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves"
Joshua 23:16: "and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish"
Judges 2:12: "other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves"
Judges 2:17: "after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way"

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