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Holman Bible Dictionary
To bow down with one's face to the ground as a sign of homage and submission. KJV and RSV translate the Hebrew shachah as obeisance when the object of homage is a person but as worship when the object of homage is God or other gods (84 times in the RSV). Most often persons did obeisance to the king (1 Samuel 24:8
; 2 Samuel 1:2
; 2 Samuel 9:6-8
; 2 Samuel 14:4
) or a royal official (Genesis 43:28
; Esther 3:2
). Moses did obeisance before his father-in-law (Exodus 18:7
). Saul did obeisance before Samuel's ghost (1 Samuel 28:14
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Obeisance, Do'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/o/obeisance-do.html. 1991.