|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Genesis 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chronicles 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chronicles 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isaiah 22:6) and the Lydians (Jeremiah 46:9). The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread (1 Chronicles 5:18; 8:40), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow. Bows of steel (correctly "copper") are mentioned (2 Samuel 22:35; Psalm 18:34).
The arrows were carried in a quiver (Genesis 27:3; Isaiah 22:6; 49:2; Psalm 127:5). They were apparently sometimes shot with some burning material attached to them (Psalm 120:4).
The bow is a symbol of victory (Psalm 7:12). It denotes also falsehood, deceit (Psalm 64:3, 4; Hosea 7:16; Jeremiah 9:3).
"The use of the bow" in 2 Samuel 1:18 (A.V.) ought to be "the song of the bow," as in the Revised Version.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To cause to deviate from straightness; to bend; to inflect; to make crooked or curved.
2. (v. t.) To exercise powerful or controlling influence over; to bend, figuratively; to turn; to incline.
3. (v. t.) To bend or incline, as the head or body, in token of respect, gratitude, assent, homage, or condescension.
4. (v. t.) To cause to bend down; to prostrate; to depress,;/ to crush; to subdue.
5. (v. t.) To express by bowing; as, to bow one's thanks.
6. (v. i.) To bend; to curve.
7. (v. i.) To stop.
8. (v. i.) To bend the head, knee, or body, in token of reverence or submission; -- often with down.
9. (v. i.) To incline the head in token of salutation, civility, or assent; to make bow.
10. (n.) An inclination of the head, or a bending of the body, in token of reverence, respect, civility, or submission; an obeisance; as, a bow of deep humility.
11. (v. t.) Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow.
12. (n.) A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled.
13. (n.) An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string.
14. (n.) The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke.
15. (n.) An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument.
16. (n.) An arcograph.
17. (v. t.) Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters.
18. (n.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea.
19. (sing. or pl.) Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree.
20. (v. i.) To play (music) with a bow.
21. (v. i.) To manage the bow.
22. (n.) The bending or rounded part of a ship forward; the stream or prow.
23. (n.) One who rows in the forward part of a boat; the bow oar.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOW, IN THE CLOUD
bo: Reference to the promise made to Noah (Genesis 9:13) preserved in the Constellation figures.
See ASTRONOMY, sec. II, 4.
See ADORATION; ATTITUDES.
Bow (248 Occurrences)
Matthew 2:2 saying, 'Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.' (YLT)
Matthew 2:8 and having sent them to Beth-Lehem, he said, 'Having gone -- inquire ye exactly for the child, and whenever ye may have found, bring me back word, that I also having come may bow to him.' (YLT)
Matthew 4:9 and saith to him, 'All these to thee I will give, if falling down thou mayest bow to me.' (YLT NIV)
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus to him, 'Go -- Adversary, for it hath been written, The Lord thy God thou shalt bow to, and Him only thou shalt serve.' (YLT)
Matthew 14:33 and those in the boat having come, did bow to him, saying, 'Truly -- God's Son art thou.' (YLT)
Matthew 15:25 And having come, she was bowing to him, saying, 'Sir, help me;' (Root in YLT NAS)
Matthew 28:9 And then suddenly they saw Jesus coming to meet them. "Peace be to you," He said. And they came and clasped His feet, bowing to the ground before Him. (Root in WEY YLT)
Luke 4:7 thou, then, if thou mayest bow before me -- all shall be thine.' (YLT)
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answering him said, 'Get thee behind me, Adversary, for it hath been written, Thou shalt bow before the Lord thy God, and Him only thou shalt serve.' (YLT)
Acts 7:43 and ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan -- the figures that ye made to bow before them, and I will remove your dwelling beyond Babylon. (YLT)
Acts 10:25 and as it came that Peter entered in, Cornelius having met him, having fallen at 'his' feet, did bow before 'him'; (YLT)
Acts 27:30 As the sailors were trying to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending that they would lay out anchors from the bow, (WEB WEY NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 27:41 But coming to a place where two seas met, they ran the vessel aground. The bow struck and remained immovable, but the stern began to break up by the violence of the waves. (WEB WEY RSV NIV)
Romans 11:4 But how does God answer him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal." (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see. Bow down their back always." (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 14:11 For it is written, "'As I live,' says the Lord,'to me every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess to God.'" (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 14:25 and so the secrets of his heart become manifest, and so having fallen upon 'his' face, he will bow before God, declaring that God really is among you. (YLT)
Ephesians 3:14 For this cause, I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, (WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Hebrews 1:6 and when again He may bring in the first-born to the world, He saith, 'And let them bow before him -- all messengers of God;' (YLT)
Hebrews 11:21 by faith Jacob dying -- each of the sons of Joseph did bless, and did bow down upon the top of his staff; (YLT RSV)
Revelation 3:9 lo, I make of the synagogue of the Adversary those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but do lie; lo, I will make them that they may come and bow before thy feet, and may know that I loved thee. (YLT NAS RSV)
Revelation 4:10 fall down do the twenty and four elders before Him who is sitting upon the throne, and bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, (YLT)
Revelation 5:14 and the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' and the twenty-four elders fell down and they bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages. (YLT)
Revelation 6:2 And behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow. A crown was given to him, and he came forth conquering, and to conquer. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Revelation 9:20 and the rest of men, who were not killed in these plagues, neither did reform from the works of their hands, that they may not bow before the demons, and idols, those of gold, and those of silver, and those of brass, and those of stone, and those of wood, that are neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk, (YLT)
Revelation 11:16 and the twenty and four elders, who before God are sitting upon their thrones, did fall upon their faces, and did bow before God, (YLT)
Revelation 13:4 and they did bow before the dragon who did give authority to the beast, and they did bow before the beast, saying, 'Who 'is' like to the beast? who is able to war with it?' (YLT)
Revelation 13:8 And bow before it shall all who are dwelling upon the land, whose names have not been written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; (YLT)
Revelation 13:12 and all the authority of the first beast doth it do before it, and it maketh the land and those dwelling in it that they shall bow before the first beast, whose deadly stroke was healed, (YLT)
Revelation 13:15 and there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, that also the image of the beast may speak, and 'that' it may cause as many as shall not bow before the image of the beast, that they may be killed. (YLT)
Revelation 14:7 saying in a great voice, 'Fear ye God, and give to Him glory, because come did the hour of His judgment, and bow ye before Him who did make the heaven, and the land, and sea, and fountains of waters.' (YLT)
Revelation 14:9 And a third messenger did follow them, saying in a great voice, 'If any one the beast doth bow before, and his image, and doth receive a mark upon his forehead, or upon his hand, (YLT)
Revelation 15:4 who may not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? because Thou alone 'art' kind, because all the nations shall come and bow before Thee, because Thy righteous acts were manifested.' (YLT)
Revelation 19:4 And fall down did the elders -- the twenty and four -- and the four living creatures, and they did bow before God who is sitting upon the throne, saying, 'Amen, Alleluia.' (YLT)
Revelation 19:10 and I fell before his feet, to bow before him, and he saith to me, 'See -- not! fellow servant of thee am I, and of thy brethren, those having the testimony of Jesus; bow before God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of the prophecy.' (YLT)
Revelation 19:20 and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who did the signs before him, in which he led astray those who did receive the mark of the beast, and those who did bow before his image; living they were cast -- the two -- to the lake of the fire, that is burning with brimstone; (YLT)
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them, and the souls of those who have been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus, and because of the word of God, and who did not bow before the beast, nor his image, and did not receive the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand, and they did live and reign with Christ the thousand years; (YLT)
Revelation 22:8 And I, John, am he who is seeing these things and hearing, and when I heard and beheld, I fell down to bow before the feet of the messenger who is shewing me these things; (YLT)
Revelation 22:9 and he saith to me, 'See -- not; for fellow-servant of thee am I, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of those keeping the words of this scroll; before God bow.' (YLT)
Genesis 9:13 I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 9:14 It will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow will be seen in the cloud, (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 9:16 The rainbow will be in the cloud. I will look at it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 21:16 She went and sat down opposite him, a good way off, about a bow shot away. For she said, "Don't let me see the death of the child." She sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 21:20 And God was with the boy, and he became tall and strong, and he became a bowman, living in the waste land. (Root in BBE RSV)
Genesis 24:48 I bowed my head, and worshiped Yahweh, and blessed Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 27:3 Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 27:29 Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers. Let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you. Blessed be everyone who blesses you." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 33:6 Then the handmaids came near with their children, and they bowed themselves. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 33:7 Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves. After them, Joseph came near with Rachel, and they bowed themselves. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 37:7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowed down to my sheaf." (Root in WEB JPS DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 37:10 He told it to his father and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Will I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?" (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 41:43 and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had. They cried before him, "Bow the knee!" He set him over all the land of Egypt. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Genesis 42:6 Joseph was the governor over the land. It was he who sold to all the people of the land. Joseph's brothers came, and bowed themselves down to him with their faces to the earth. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 43:26 When Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves down to him to the earth. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 43:28 They said, "Your servant, our father, is well. He is still alive." They bowed the head, and did homage. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 48:22 Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 49:8 "Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies. Your father's sons will bow down before you. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 49:24 But his bow remained strong. The arms of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel), (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 4:31 The people believed, and when they heard that Yahweh had visited the children of Israel, and that he had seen their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 11:8 All these your servants shall come down to me, and bow down themselves to me, saying, "Get out, with all the people who follow you;" and after that I will go out.'" He went out from Pharaoh in hot anger. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 12:28 And the people bow and do obeisance, and the sons of Israel go and do as Jehovah commanded Moses and Aaron; so have they done. (YLT)
Exodus 20:5 you shall not bow yourself down to them, nor serve them, for I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me, (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Exodus 23:24 You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor follow their practices, but you shall utterly overthrow them and demolish their pillars. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them: they have made themselves a molten calf, and have bowed down to it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, This is thy god, Israel, who has brought thee up out of the land of Egypt! (Root in DBY YLT NIV)
Exodus 34:8 Moses hurried and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 34:14 for thou shalt worship no other god: for Jehovah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: (See JPS YLT)
Leviticus 17:13 And any man of Israel, or any other living among them, who gets with his bow any beast or bird used for food, is to see that its blood is covered with earth. (BBE)
Leviticus 26:1 "'You shall make for yourselves no idols, neither shall you raise up an engraved image or a pillar, neither shall you place any figured stone in your land, to bow down to it: for I am Yahweh your God. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Numbers 25:2 for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:19 and lest thou lift up thine eyes to the heavens, and see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, the whole host of heaven, and be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, which Jehovah thy God hath assigned unto all peoples under the whole heaven. (DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 5:9 you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them; for I, Yahweh, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me; (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget Jehovah thy God, and go after other gods, and serve them, and bow down to them, I testify against you this day that ye shall utterly perish. (DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside and serve other gods, and bow down to them, (DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 17:3 and goeth and serveth other gods, and boweth down to them, either to the sun or to the moon, or to the whole host of heaven, which I have not commanded; (Root in DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 26:10 And now, lo, I have brought in the first of the fruits of the ground which thou hast given to me, O Jehovah; -- and thou hast placed it before Jehovah thy God, and bowed thyself before Jehovah thy God, (Root in YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 29:26 and they went and served other gods, and bowed down to them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not assigned to them. (Root in DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 30:17 But if thy heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and thou shalt bow down to other gods and serve them; (DBY YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 33:3 Yes, he loves the people. All his saints are in your hand. They sat down at your feet; Everyone shall receive of your words. (See NIV)
Joshua 23:7 that you not come among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow down yourselves to them; (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 23:16 when you disobey the covenant of Yahweh your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods, and bow down yourselves to them. Then the anger of Yahweh will be kindled against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which he has given to you." (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 24:12 I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; not with your sword, nor with your bow. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Judges 2:12 and they forsook Yahweh, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them: and they provoked Yahweh to anger. (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Judges 2:17 Yet they didn't listen to their judges; for they played the prostitute after other gods, and bowed themselves down to them: they turned aside quickly out of the way in which their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of Yahweh; but they didn't do so. (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Judges 2:19 But it happened, when the judge was dead, that they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down to them; they didn't cease from their doings, nor from their stubborn way. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
1 Samuel 1:3 And that man hath gone up out of his city from time to time, to bow himself, and to sacrifice, before Jehovah of Hosts, in Shiloh, and there 'are' two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, priests to Jehovah. (YLT)
1 Samuel 1:19 And they rise early in the morning, and bow themselves before Jehovah, and turn back, and come in unto their house in Ramah, and Elkanah knoweth Hannah his wife, and Jehovah remembereth her; (YLT)
1 Samuel 2:4 "The bows of the mighty men are broken. Those who stumbled are girded with strength. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 2:36 It shall happen, that everyone who is left in your house shall come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a loaf of bread, and shall say, "Please put me into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a morsel of bread."'" (WEB JPS ASV YLT NAS NIV)
1 Samuel 15:25 and now, bear, I pray thee, with my sin, and turn back with me, and I bow myself to Jehovah.' (YLT)
1 Samuel 18:4 Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him, and gave it to David, and his clothing, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his sash. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 20:20 And on the third day I will send arrows from my bow against its side as if at a mark. (BBE)
1 Samuel 20:36 And he said to the boy, Go and get the arrow I let loose from my bow. And while the boy was running, he sent an arrow past him. (BBE)
1 Samuel 20:40 And Jonathan gave his bow and arrows to the boy, and said to him, Take these and go back to the town. (BBE)
1 Samuel 31:3 And the battle is hard against Saul, and the archers find him -- men with bow -- and he is pained greatly by the archers; (YLT)
2 Samuel 1:18 (and he bade them teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar): (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
2 Samuel 1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, Jonathan's bow didn't turn back. Saul's sword didn't return empty. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
2 Samuel 15:5 And it hath come to pass, in the drawing nearing of any one to bow himself to him, that he hath put forth his hand, and laid hold on him, and given a kiss to him; (YLT NIV)
2 Samuel 16:4 And the king said to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained to Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly bow myself: may I find favour in thy sight, my lord, O king. (DBY YLT NIV)
2 Samuel 22:35 He teaches my hands to war, so that my arms bend a bow of brass. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)