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Genesis 17:3

    Genesis 17:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abram went down on his face on the earth, and the Lord God went on talking with him, and said,

    Webster's Revision

    And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    World English Bible

    Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 17:3

    And Abram fell on his face - The eastern method of prostration was thus: the person first went down on his knees, and then lowered his head to his knees, and touched the earth with his forehead. A very painful posture, but significative of great humiliation and reverence.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 17:3

    Abram fell on his face. - This is the lowliest form of reverence, in which the worshipper leans on his knees and elbows, and his forehead approaches the ground. Prostration is still customary in the East. Abram has attained to loftier notions of God. "God talked with him." Yahweh, El Shaddai, is here called God. The Supreme appears as the Author of existence, the Irresistible and Everlasting, in this stage of the covenant relation.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 17:3

    17:3 And Abram fell on his face while God talked with him - Either, As one overcome by the brightness of the Divine glory: Daniel and John did so likewise. Or. As one ashamed of himself, and blushing to think of the honours done to one so unworthy. He looks upon himself with humility, and upon God with reverence, and, in token of both, falls on his face.