[quote=Todd Easton]Here are a few selections from the Old Testament of people bowing before other people out of respect:
In 1 Kings 1:23, the prophet Nathan bowed before King David, with his face to the ground.
And they told the king [David], “Here is Nathan the prophet.” And when he came in before the king, he bowed before the king, with his face to the ground. (1 Kings 1:23)
In 1 Kings 2:19, King Solomon rose from his throne to meet his mother, Bathsheba, and bowed down to her.
So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right. (1 Kings 2:19)
In 2 Kings 2:15, the sons of the prophets at Jericho bowed before the prophet Elisha.
Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him [Elisha] over against them, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him. (2 Kings 2:15)
In 1 Sam 24:8, David bowed with his face to the earth and did obeisance to King Saul.
Afterward David also arose, and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth, and did obeisance. (1 Sam 24:8)
In 1 Kings 1:16 & 31, Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to King David.
Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king, and the king said, “What do you desire?” (1 Kings 1:16)
Then Bathshe’ba bowed with her face to the ground, and did obeisance to the king, and said, “May my lord King David live for ever!” (1 Kings 1:31)
In 1 Chron 21:21, Ornan did obeisance to King David with his face to the ground.
As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David and went forth from the threshing floor, and did obeisance to David with his face to the ground. (1 Chron 21:21)
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