New International Version
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,
King James Bible
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
Darby Bible Translation
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,
Young's Literal Translation
And Abram falleth upon his face, and God speaketh with him, saying,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryConsecration to God --Illustrated by Abraham's Circumcision
Let me remind you of the order in which these blessings come. If we should speak of sanctification or consecration, it is not as a first thing, but as an elevation to be reached only by preceding stepping-stones. In vain do men pretend to be consecrated to God before they are called of God's Spirit; such have yet to be taught that no strength of nature can suffice to serve the Lord aright. They must learn what this meaneth, "Ye must be born again," for assuredly until men are brought into spiritual …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 14: 1868
Balaam's Prophecy. (Numb. xxiv. 17-19. )
All are Commanded to Pray --Prayer the Great Means of Salvation
Nature of Covenanting.
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?"
Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.
"Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?"
Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
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