Genesis 33:6
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New International Version
Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.

New Living Translation
Then the servant wives came forward with their children and bowed before him.

English Standard Version
Then the servants drew near, they and their children, and bowed down.

New American Standard Bible
Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down.

King James Bible
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the female slaves and their children approached him and bowed down.

International Standard Version
Then the women servants approached, accompanied by their children, and bowed low.

NET Bible
The female servants came forward with their children and bowed down.

New Heart English Bible
Then the handmaids came near with their children, and they bowed themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the slaves and their children came forward and bowed down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed down.

New American Standard 1977
Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

American King James Version
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

American Standard Version
Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then the handmaids and their children came near, and bowed themselves.

Darby Bible Translation
And the maidservants drew near, they and their children, and they bowed.

English Revised Version
Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

World English Bible
Then the handmaids came near with their children, and they bowed themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
And the maid-servants draw nigh, they and their children, and bow themselves;
Study Bible
Jacob Meets Esau
5He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant." 6Then the maids came near with their children, and they bowed down. 7Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down.…
Cross References
Genesis 33:5
He lifted his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant."

Genesis 33:7
Leah likewise came near with her children, and they bowed down; and afterward Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed down.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.

Verses 6, 7. - Then (literally, and) the handmaidens came near, they and their children (since they occupied the front rank in the procession which followed Jacob), and they bowed themselves (after his example). And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. The remark of Lange, that the six-year old lad who comes before his mother seems to break through all the cumbrous ceremonial, and to rush confidently into the arms of his uncle, is as fanciful and far-fetched as that of Jarchi, that Joseph took precedence of his mother because he feared lest Esau, who was a homo profanus, should be fascinated by his mother's beauty, and seek to do her wrong; in which case he would try to hinder him. Then the handmaids came near, they and their children,.... Being foremost, and next to, Jacob, as Bilhah and her two sons, Dan and Naphtali, and Zilpah and her two sons, Gad and Asher:

and they bowed themselves; in token of respect to Esau, as Jacob had done before them, and set them an example, and no doubt instructed them to do it. 33:1-16 Jacob, having by prayer committed his case to God, went on his way. Come what will, nothing can come amiss to him whose heart is fixed, trusting in God. Jacob bowed to Esau. A humble, submissive behaviour goes far towards turning away wrath. Esau embraced Jacob. God has the hearts of all men in his hands, and can turn them when and how he pleases. It is not in vain to trust in God, and to call upon him in the day of trouble. And when a man's ways please the Lord he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Esau receives Jacob as a brother, and much tenderness passes between them. Esau asks, Who are those with thee? To this common question, Jacob spoke like himself, like a man whose eyes are ever directed towards the Lord. Jacob urged Esau, though his fear was over, and he took his present. It is well when men's religion makes them generous, free-hearted, and open-handed. But Jacob declined Esau's offer to accompany him. It is not desirable to be too intimate with superior ungodly relations, who will expect us to join in their vanities, or at least to wink at them, though they blame, and perhaps mock at, our religion. Such will either be a snare to us, or offended with us. We shall venture the loss of all things, rather than endanger our souls, if we know their value; rather than renounce Christ, if we truly love him. And let Jacob's care and tender attention to his family and flocks remind us of the good Shepherd of our souls, who gathers the lambs with his arm, and carries them in his bosom, and gently leads those that are with young, Isa 40:11. As parents, teachers or pastors, we should all follow his example.
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