Genesis 23:7

7 Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites.

Read Genesis 23:7 Using Other Translations

And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land.
Then Abraham bowed low before the Hittites

What does Genesis 23:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 23:7

And Abraham stood up
For, having made his speech to the children of Heth, he sat down waiting for an answer; or rather perhaps they obliged him to sit down, out of reverence to so great a personage; and when they had done speaking, he rose up: and bowed himself to the people of the land;
the principal of them, in token of the grateful sense he had of the honour they had done him, and of the great civility with which they had used him: [even] to the children of Heth;
this seems to be added to distinguish them from the common people, and as an explanation of the preceding clause; (See Gill on Genesis 23:3).

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