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ne nel ("knee," berekh; Aramaic 'arekhubbah; gonu; "kneel"; barakh; Aramaic berakh; gonupeto): Most of the uses are obvious, and the figurative use of "knees" as the symbol of strength (Job 4:4 Hebrews 12:12, etc.) needs no explanation. The disease of the knees mentioned in Deuteronomy 28:35 is perhaps some form of leprosy. In Job 3:12 the "knees" seem to be used for the lap, as the place where a child receives its first care. Three times in Genesis the knees appear in connection with primitive adoption customs. In 30:3 a fiction is enacted that purports to represent Rachel as the actual mother of Bilhah's children. By a somewhat similar rite in 48:12, Jacob (the "knees" here are Jacob's, not Joseph's) adopts Ephraim and Manasseh, so that they are counted as two of the twelve patriarchs and not as members of a single Joseph tribe. In the same way Machir's children are adopted by Joseph in 50:23, and this is certainly connected with the counting of Machir (instead of Manasseh) as one of the tribes in Judges 5:14. See TRIBE; and for the idea underlying this paternal adoption, compare THIGH. From among classical instances of the same customs compare Homer, Odyssey, xix. 401;, where Autolukos, grandfather of Ulysses, receives the newborn grandchild on his knees and gives him his name. Thus also we have to understand the numerous representations in Egyptian sculpture, showing the king as an infant on the knees or the lap of a goddess.

Kneeling was less commonly an attitude of prayer among the Jews than was standing, but references to kneeling are of course abundant. For kneeling (or prostrating one's self) before a superior, see ATTITUDES, 2; SALUTATION.

Burton Scott Easton

1120. gonupeteo -- to fall on the knees
... bow the knee, kneel down. From a compound of gonu and the alternate of pipto; to
fall on the knee -- bow the knee, kneel down. see GREEK gonu. see GREEK pipto. ...
// - 6k

5087. tithemi -- to place, lay, set
... an upright and active position, while keimai is properly reflexive and utterly
prostrate) -- + advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, X kneel down, lay ...
// - 10k

Strong's Hebrew
1288. barak -- to kneel, bless
... 1287, 1288. barak. 1289 . to kneel, bless. Transliteration: barak Phonetic
Spelling: (baw-rak') Short Definition: blessed. Word Origin a prim. ...
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1289. berak -- to kneel, bless
... 1288, 1289. berak. 1290 . to kneel, bless. Transliteration: berak Phonetic
Spelling: (ber-ak') Short Definition: blessed. ... bless, kneel. ...
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86. abrek -- to kneel
... abrek. 87 . to kneel. Transliteration: abrek Phonetic Spelling: (ab-rake') Short
Definition: kneel. ... Probably an Egyptian word meaning kneel -- bow the knee. ...
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3766. kara -- to bow down
... Usage bow (3), bow down (2), bowed (4), bowed down (9), bring him low (1), brought
me very low (1), couches (2), crouch (1), feeble (1), fell (1), kneel down (2 ...
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1295. berekah -- a pool, pond
... fishpool. From barak; a reservoir (at which camels kneel as a resting-place) --
(fish-)pool. see HEBREW barak. 1294, 1295. berekah. 1296 . Strong's Numbers
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How they do not Kneel from the Evening of Saturday Till the ...
... Prolegomena. Chapter XVIII. How they do not kneel from the evening of Saturday
till the evening of Sunday. This, too, we ought to ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xviii how they do.htm

Forasmuch as There are Certain Persons who Kneel on the Lord's Day ...
... Canon XX. Forasmuch as there are certain persons who kneel on the Lord's
Day and in the� Forasmuch as there are certain persons ...
/.../schaff/the seven ecumenical councils/canon xx forasmuch as there.htm

The Doomed Three
... Prepare, then, to die,' said Gaïnas. Kneel at this block.'. One moment, and I am
ready,' he said. ... Kneel, enemy of the Goths!' said Gaïnas. There is the block. ...
/.../chapter xxxi the doomed three.htm

Knox in England: the Black Rubric: Exile: 1549-1554
... one thing, daily thirsting and calling unto God for reformation of that and others."
{33c} But he did not bear that one thing; he would not kneel even after ...
/.../lang/john knox and the reformation/chapter iv knox in england .htm

On the Negative Spirit
... In that temple the lights are low, the crowds kneel, the solemn anthems are
uplifted. But that upon the altar to which all men kneel ...
// on the negative spirit.htm

The Converted Infidel
... moving sight to see that gentle girl, with a mature thoughtfulness far beyond her
years, take that younger brother and sister by the hand, and kneel with them ...
/.../touching incidents and remarkable answers to prayer/the converted infidel.htm

Christmas we Love Him for He First Loved Us.
... The pledge and bond of love,. With thankful heart I kneel to take. This treasure
from above. I kneel beside Thy couch,. I press Thee to my heart,. ...
/.../lyra germanica second series the christian life/christmas we love him for.htm

Ave, Gratia Plena
... Fain in thy shadow would we rest,. And kneel with thee, and call thee blest; ... Nay
every day, each suppliant hour,. Whene'er we kneel in aisle or bower,. ...
/.../palgrave/the treasury of sacred song/cccxxx ave gratia plena.htm

CM Whittier. Nature's Worship.
... worshipping. 2 They kneel upon the sloping sand As bends the human knee;
A beautiful and tireless band, The priesthood of the sea. ...
/.../book of hymns for public and private devotion/85 c m whittier natures.htm

Heal Me, O My Savior, Heal
... Heal me, O my Savior, heal; Heal me as I suppliant kneel; Heal me, and my pardon
seal. ... Heal me, then, my Savior, heal; Heal me, as I suppliant kneel; ...
/.../ash wednesday and lent 137.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(v. i.) To bend the knee; to fall or rest on the knees; -- sometimes with down.
Kneel (10 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. KNEE; KNEEL. ne nel ... SALUTATION. Burton Scott Easton.
Multi-Version Concordance Kneel (10 Occurrences). Matthew ...
/k/kneel.htm - 11k

Knee (12 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. KNEE; KNEEL. ... Let's kneel before Yahweh, our
/k/knee.htm - 12k

Kneeled (12 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (pp) of Kneel. Multi-Version Concordance Kneeled
(12 Occurrences). Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore ...
/k/kneeled.htm - 10k

Attitudes (1 Occurrence)
... The most common terms are those rendered "to stand," "to bow," "to kneel" and
"prostrate oneself" or "fall on the face." It is not always easy to differentiate ...
/a/attitudes.htm - 20k

Homage (51 Occurrences)
... myrrh. (WEY DBY). Matthew 4:9 and said to Him, "All this I will give you,
if you will kneel down and do me homage." (WEY DBY). Matthew ...
/h/homage.htm - 21k

Knelt (20 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (imp. & pp) of Kneel. 2. (imp. & pp) of Kneel.
Multi-Version Concordance Knelt (20 Occurrences). Matthew ...
/k/knelt.htm - 12k

Knee-deep (1 Occurrence)
Knee-deep. Knee, Knee-deep. Kneel . Noah Webster's Dictionary 1 ... loins.
(See RSV NIV). Knee, Knee-deep. Kneel . Reference Bible.
/k/knee-deep.htm - 6k

Even-time (4 Occurrences)
... Genesis 24:11 and he causeth the camels to kneel at the outside of the city, at
the well of water, at even-time, at the time of the coming out of the women who ...
/e/even-time.htm - 7k

Camels (52 Occurrences)
... Genesis 24:11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water
at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. ...
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Stand (542 Occurrences)
... firm position. 2. (n.) To be supported on the feet, in an erect or nearly
erect position; -- opposed to lie, sit, kneel, etc. 3. (n ...
/s/stand.htm - 39k

Bible Concordance
Kneel (10 Occurrences)

Matthew 4:9 and said to Him, "All this I will give you, if you will kneel down and do me homage."

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
(See NIV)

Genesis 24:11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water.

Judges 7:5 So he brought the people down to the water; and the LORD said to Gideon, "Every one that laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself; likewise every one that kneels down to drink."

Esther 3:2 All the king's servants who were in the king's gate bowed down, and paid homage to Haman; for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai didn't bow down or pay him homage.
(See NIV)

Esther 3:5 When Haman saw that Mordecai didn't bow down, nor pay him homage, Haman was full of wrath.
(See NIV)

Job 31:10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others sleep with her.
(See NAS)

Job 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, they end their labor pains.
(See NAS)

Psalms 22:29 All the fat ones of the earth shall eat and worship: All they that go down to the dust shall bow before him, Even he that cannot keep his soul alive.

Psalms 95:6 Oh come, let's worship and bow down. Let's kneel before Yahweh, our Maker,



Related Terms

Knee (12 Occurrences)

Kneeled (12 Occurrences)

Attitudes (1 Occurrence)

Homage (51 Occurrences)

Knelt (20 Occurrences)

Knee-deep (1 Occurrence)

Even-time (4 Occurrences)

Camels (52 Occurrences)

Stand (542 Occurrences)

Bend (29 Occurrences)

Causeth (209 Occurrences)

Aqueduct (4 Occurrences)

Cistern (21 Occurrences)

Evening (163 Occurrences)

Well (2882 Occurrences)

Pool (25 Occurrences)

Draw (212 Occurrences)

Maker (55 Occurrences)

Let's (74 Occurrences)

Outside (215 Occurrences)

Oh (164 Occurrences)

Kneeling (12 Occurrences)

Women (328 Occurrences)

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