Worship in the Bible

To be rendered only to God

  • Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  • Deuteronomy 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
  • Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
  • Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
  • Also Luke 4:8; Acts 10:26; 14:15; Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10; 22:8.

Bible Encyclopedia for WORSHIP.

Of Jesus

See JESUS, WORSHIP OF

Definition of worship

Acceptable to God

  • Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
  • Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Worship.

Of the wicked rejected

  • Genesis 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
  • Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

See PRAYER, OF THE WICKED

"Iniquity of the holy things,"

  • Exodus 28:38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

Public, in the temple

  • Jeremiah 26:2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
  • Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
  • Luke 24:53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

David's ordinances for

  • 1 Chronicles 23 So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. 2 And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3 Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. 4 Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges: ...
  • Also 1 Chronicles 24; 25; 26.

Family

  • Deuteronomy 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
  • Deuteronomy 16:14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

Of Abraham

  • Genesis 12:7-8 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. 8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
  • Genesis 13:4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
  • Genesis 13:18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Of Jacob

  • Genesis 35:2-3 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

Of Job

  • Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Of the Philippian jailer

  • Acts 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

In private homes

  • Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
  • Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
  • Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
  • Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
  • Also Acts 12:12; 20:7-9; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2.

In the night

  • Isaiah 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
  • Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Jesus prays all night long

  • Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

Postures in

Bowing

  • Exodus 34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
  • 2 Chronicles 20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

Prostration

  • Genesis 17:3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
  • Mark 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

See PRAYER, ATTITUDES IN

Prayer in

See PRAYER

God's presence in

  • Leviticus 19:30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
  • Psalms 77:13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
  • Psalms 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
  • Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
  • Also Hebrews 10:25.

Loved by his people

  • Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
  • Psalms 84:1-3 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
  • Also Psalms 84:10; Zechariah 8:21.

Benedictions pronounced

See BENEDICTIONS

The whole nation required to assemble for, including men, women, children, servants, and foreigners

  • Deuteronomy 16:11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
  • Deuteronomy 31:11-13 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

On Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal

  • Joshua 8:32-35 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.

The word of God read in public assemblies

  • Exodus 24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.
  • Deuteronomy 27:12-26 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim to bless the people, when ye are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin: 13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. 14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice, 15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen. ...
  • Also Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Joshua 8:33-35; 2 Kings 23:1-3; Nehemiah 8:1-8,13-18; Matthew 21:23; Luke 4:16-17; 1 Timothy 4:13.

Of angels, forbidden

  • Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
  • Revelation 22:8-9 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

See AFFLICTIONS, PRAYER IN

See BLASPHEMY

See CHILDREN

See CHURCH

See CONSECRATION

See DEDICATION

See IDOLATRY

See INSTRUCTION, IN RELIGION

See LEVITES

See MINISTER

See MUSIC

See OFFERING

See PRAISE

See PRAYER

See PREACHING

See PRIEST

See PSALMS

See RELIGION

See SACRILEGE

See SERVANT

See STRANGER

See TABERNACLE

See TEMPLE

See THANKSGIVING

See WOMEN

See WORD OF GOD

See YOUNG MEN

UNCLASSIFIED SCRIPTURES RELATING TO

  • Genesis 35:2-3 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
  • Exodus 3:5-6 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
  • Also Exodus 5:1; 15:2; 19:10-13,21-24; 20:24-26; 24:1-2; 25:8,22; 28:34-35; 29:43; 30:19-21; 34:8; 40:34-35; Leviticus 10:3; 16:2; Numbers 17:4; Joshua 5:15; 1 Kings 8:3-11; 2 Kings 17:36; 1 Chronicles 16:29; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; 7:1; 30:27; Ezra 3:10-13; Nehemiah 10:39; Psalms 5:7; 22:22; 24:3-6; 26:6-8; 27:4; 29:2; 35:18; 36:8; 42:4; 48:9; 51:19; 55:14; 63:1-2; 65:4; 66:4,13-14; 77:13; 84:1-4,10; 89:7; 92:13-14; 93:5; 95:6; 98:2-3; 100:1-4; 103:1-4; 107:6-8,32; 116:12-14,17; 118:18-19; 119:108; 122:1; 126:1-3; 132:7,13-14; 138:2; 149:1; Ecclesiastes 5:1-2; Isaiah 1:11-15; 2:3; 4:5; 12:5-6; 25:9; 29:13-16; 30:29; 38:20; 40:31; 43:22-24; 49:13; 52:9; 56:6-7; 66:1-2; Jeremiah 31:11-12; Ezekiel 22:8; Hosea 6:6; Amos 5:21-24; Micah 4:2; Habakkuk 2:20; Zephaniah 3:18; Zechariah 8:21-22; Malachi 3:3-4; Matthew 18:19-20; Luke 4:8; John 4:23-24; Acts 2:1-4; 17:24-25; 1 Corinthians 11:13,20-22; 14:15-17; Philippians 3:3; 1 Timothy 2:8; Hebrews 10:25; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:5; Revelation 11:1; 14:6-7; 15:4.

See PRAISE

See PRAYER

See THANKFULNESS

COMMANDED

  • Genesis 35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
  • Exodus 23:17-18 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD. 18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.
  • Exodus 34:23 Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.
  • Also Deuteronomy 12:5-7,11-12; 16:6-8; 31:11-13; 33:19; 2 Kings 17:36; Psalms 45:11; 76:11; 96:8-9; 97:7; 99:5; Joel 1:14-15; 2:15-17; Nahum 1:15; Haggai 1:8; Zechariah 14:16-18; Matthew 8:4; Mark 1:44; Luke 5:14; Hebrews 10:25; Revelation 14:7; 19:10.
 
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