He said, “Swear to me,” and he swore to him. Israel bowed down at the head of the bed. Bible see other translations

“bowed down.” The common biblical way of bowing down before people or God was to fall to one’s knees and bow the upper body and face to the earth. Here Jacob would likely just bow his upper body down on the bed.

[For more on bowing down, see commentary on 1 Chron. 29:20.]

Commentary for: Genesis 47:31