Genesis 17:3
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New International Version
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,

New Living Translation
At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him,

English Standard Version
Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him,

New American Standard Bible
Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,

King James Bible
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him: "

International Standard Version
Then Abram fell to the ground as God continued speaking to him.

NET Bible
Abram bowed down with his face to the ground, and God said to him,

New Heart English Bible
Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Immediately, Abram bowed with his face touching the ground, and again God spoke to him,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying:

New American Standard 1977
And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

American King James Version
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

American Standard Version
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abram tell flat on his face.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,

English Revised Version
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

World English Bible
Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Abram falleth upon his face, and God speaketh with him, saying,
Study Bible
Abram Named Abraham
2"I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly." 3Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, 4"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.…
Cross References
Genesis 17:17
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?"

Genesis 18:2
When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,

Joshua 5:14
He said, "No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?"

Ezekiel 1:28
As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
Treasury of Scripture

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, …

Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, …

Leviticus 9:23,24 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, …

Numbers 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly …

Numbers 16:22,45 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits …

Joshua 5:14 And he said, No; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now …

Judges 13:20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar…

1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they …

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, …

Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory …

Ezekiel 9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, …

Daniel 8:17,18 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and …

Daniel 10:9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of …

Matthew 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …

Verse 3. - And Abram fell on his face - in reverential awe and worship (vide Ver. 17; cf. Genesis 24:52; Numbers 16:22; Mark 14:35). Other attitudes of devotion are mentioned (1 Kings 8:54; Mark 4:25; 1 Timothy 2:8). And God - Elohim, the third name for the Deity within the compass of as many verses, thus indicating identity of being - talked with him, saying - And Abram fell on his face,.... At the sight of so glorious a Person that appeared to him, and in reverence of his majesty, and as sensible of his unworthiness of such a visit, and of having such favours bestowed upon him; and not because he was not as yet circumcised, as the Targum of Jonathan expresses it; and so other Jewish (f) writers observe, that before he was circumcised he fell, when God spoke to him, but afterwards he sat and stood, Genesis 18:1; but it may be observed, that not only uncircumcised persons, as Balaam, Numbers 22:31, in whom Jarchi instances, but circumcised ones, as Ezekiel, Ezekiel 1:28, Joshua, Joshua 5:14, and others, have fallen on their faces at a divine appearance:

and God talked with him; after he was raised up, and was strengthened and encouraged to stand up before God, and hear what he had to say to him; for after this we read of his falling on his face again, Genesis 17:17; which shows that he had been erect, after he first fell on his face: saying; as follows.

(f) Jarchi in loc. Pirke Eliezer, ut supra. (c. 29.) 3. Abram fell on his face—the attitude of profoundest reverence assumed by Eastern people. It consists in the prostrate body resting on the hands and knees, with the face bent till the forehead touches the ground. It is an expression of conscious humility and profound reverence.17:1-6 The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. The promised Seed was Christ, and Christians in him. And all who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abram, being partakers of the same covenant blessings. In token of this covenant his name was changed from Abram, a high father, to Abraham, the father of a multitude. All that the Christian world enjoys, it is indebted for to Abraham and his Seed.
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