Genesis 23:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 23:12, NIV: "Again Abraham bowed down before the people of the land"

Genesis 23:12, ESV: "Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land."

Genesis 23:12, KJV: "And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land."

Genesis 23:12, NASB: "And Abraham bowed before the people of the land."

Genesis 23:12, NLT: "Abraham again bowed low before the citizens of the land,"

Genesis 23:12, CSB: "Abraham bowed down to the people of the land"

What does Genesis 23:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

For the second time in this negotiation with the Hittites, Abraham bows before the people. In both cases, he does so just before he is to resist an offer and insist on his own position. Again, this respectful approach may have been customary of Middle Eastern bargaining of the time. An interesting aspect of this negotiation is that Abraham is bargaining to buy land that God has promised to give Abraham's descendants. Greater fulfillment of that oath won't occur until Israel begins to settle in Canaan after the Exodus from Egypt.