a mode of showing respect. Abraham "bowed himself to the people of the land" ( Genesis 23:7 ); so Jacob to Esau ( Genesis 33:3 ); and the brethren of Joseph before him as the governor of the land ( Genesis 43:28 ). Bowing is also frequently mentioned as an act of adoration to idols ( Joshua 23:7 ; 2 Kings 5:18 ; Judges 2:19 ; Isaiah 44:15 ), and to God ( Joshua 5:14 ; Psalms 22:29 ; 72:9 ; Micah 6:6 ; Psalms 95:6 ; Ephesians 3:14 ).
bou'-ing (naTah, "to incline," "bulge"):
The Psalmist's assailants expected that he would be "like a leaning (the King James Version "bowing") wall" (Psalms 62:3) before their united attack, as when an ill-built, bulging wall gives way under a sudden and heavy fall of rain (compare Ezekiel 13:11; 38:22).
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