Genesis 48:12

Overview - Genesis 48
Joseph with his sons visits his sick father.
Jacob strengthens himself to bless them.
He repeats God's promise.
He takes Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons.
He tells Joseph of his mother's grave.
He blesses Ephraim and Manasseh.
17 He prefers the younger before the elder.
21 He prophesies their return to Canaan.
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Genesis 48:12  (King James Version)
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

he bowed himself
Joseph thus shewed that his external greatness did not render him forgetful of the respect due to his father. The Egyptians were remarkable for the reverence paid to old age: "for if a young person meet his senior, he instantly turns
aside to make way for him; if an aged person enter an apartment, the youth always rise from their seats;" and Mr. Savary observes, that the same reverence is still paid to old age in Egypt. 18:2 19:1 23:7 33:3 42:6 Exodus 20:12 ; 34:8 Leviticus 19:3 Leviticus 19:32 ; 1 Kings 2:19
2 Kings 4:37 ; Proverbs 31:28 ; Ephesians 6:1