TEACHING: SINGING AND WORSHIP
by Jan Young
"Morning Worship" starts at 11:00. The hymnal is titled "Songs and Hymns for Worship." The worship leader asks us to stand for the first song and the worship team takes their places. The pastor announces we will worship the Lord with our tithes and offerings. We try to have a worshipful attitude throughout the service.
The New Testament presents singing as a way for the church to teach and admonish one another, to express praise and thanks to God. How does singing relate to worship? What is worship?
Many churches use the term "worship" to refer to their song service. Styles of music are referred to as "worship styles." Song leaders and music teams are called "worship leaders" and "worship teams." Contemporary Christian music is often called "worship music." What do these terms mean?
The Sunday morning service is called a "worship service," but how do we know if we have actually worshiped or not? What is worship? Is it some type of feeling or experience we are supposed to have at church? What is a "worshipful" service or "worshipful" music?
Worship is not about singing or feeling worshipful. In fact, the word "worshipful" is not found in the Bible (at least, not in the KJV or the NASB); it refers to feelings we have about someone or something. However, emotional experiences have little to do with biblical worship.
We will look at all the verses about worship and see what the Bible means by this word. We will see how often "worship" is used with its parallel terms, "fall down," "bow down," or "serve." It sometimes means the offering of sacrifices on altars.
Worship is not presented in the Bible as a group activity; it is a personal activity. We may see Old Testament believers together at the temple for worship, but each individual worships by offering his sacrifice on the altar; for the New Testament Christian, Christ is our sacrifice. Worship is not about Sunday morning church; it is about everyday choices involving our walk with God. However, our personal level of worship may be reflected on Sunday morning when we gather with other believers.
Worship is about actions, choices, the will, daily life, and who is on the "throne" of your life--who or what is your Lord. If you are a Christian, does that automatically mean that God is your Lord? Not necessarily; no Christian makes Jesus his Lord 100% of the time. When Jesus isn't on the throne of our lives, who or what is on that throne instead?
Just like the Israelites in the Old Testament, we are often guilty of idolatry--worshiping other "gods" along with the true and living God. Much of the Old Testament is a record of Israel's idolatry and God's dealing with that pervasive sin. I Corinthians 10:1-11 tells us that the Old Testament is an example for us to learn from. Sinful human nature has not changed; we have the same weakness as Israel.
We can make any interest or activity--good or bad--into an idol in our lives. We may not worship carved images, but our idols may be our job, money, financial security, materialism, family, leisure activities, food--the possibilities are endless.
Even church, Christian activity or ministry can become an idol. Self is one of our favorite idols, but self-deception and rationalization keep us from recognizing that we are worshiping Self. Isn't self-centeredness (pride) at the root of all other idols in our lives?
In the Old Testament, we read of believers gathering to worship at the tabernacle or temple, because that is where they went to offer sacrifices, which was the required form of worship. This could lead some to think that likewise Christians gather at a church to worship. Gathering for worship is not mentioned in the New Testament. Hebrews 10:1-18 makes it clear that for the church, sacrifices for worship are no longer necessary; Christ is our sacrifice, offered once for all. In Revelation, we find the nations bowing before Christ in worship, acknowledging that He is Lord, and the 24 elders bowing before God's throne in heaven. The New Testament does not label any of the church's corporate activities as worship.
If Christians mistakenly believe that worship takes place in the Sunday morning service, they may not be prompted to consider the foundational role of worship in their daily life, as the Bible presents it. If not taught what worship really is, many will gladly and uncritically accept the idea that singing is worship, because this easy and fun form of "worship" appeals to our emotions and our flesh--our old nature. They may not see the need to consider the personal, daily nature of biblical worship. Bowing to God, serving Him, offering or yielding to Him, putting Him first in every decision--this is not easy or fun. This may involve work, self-discipline, discomfort, even pain.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Strong's Concordance gives these synonyms for "service": ministration of God, worship, divine service. The NASB translates "service" as "worship." Paul likens the Old Testament sacrifices of worship to the offering of our bodies to God to use as He pleases. Sacrifices speak of death; as they put to death an animal on the altar, we are to put to death the deeds of the body, Romans 8:13. Worship is described as the paradox of a living sacrifice.
We will note several key verses on worship, following which are all the verses that mention "worship" in the King James Version. A few passages mention singing and worship together, but that does not teach that worship equals singing. Nowhere does the Bible record anyone telling God that they are worshiping Him or promising that they will worship Him. The passage is always describing something they are either doing or not doing. We need to rethink the accepted but unbiblical practice in contemporary music of telling God that we are worshiping Him, or thinking that He even desires such words from us. Some contemporary examples: "The reason I love is to worship You...I will give you all my worship"..."You alone I long to worship"..."I will worship you to the very end." We see in these lyrics a mistaken concept of what worship really is.
The Bible teaches that worship is bowing to God as Lord, through yielding and serving Him in obedience. This is not something that we are to "long" to do--we are either doing it or we aren't. We make daily choices that show who or what we worship. Worship is not something we tell Him we are doing or promise we will do in the future. It is what we are doing, moment by moment, if He is our Lord. And if we are doing it, we are not to brag about it. Singing about what we are doing for God smacks of pride, not humility, like the Pharisee praying in the temple, trying to impress God with his good works, Luke 18:9-14. "So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable [unworthy, NASB] servants: we have done [only, NASB] that which was our duty to do" (Luke 17:10).
If the church service is not for the purpose of worship, then what is to take place? Acts 2:42 tells that in the early church, "they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." We see them getting together for preaching and teaching (the reading and study of God's Word, which included the new teachings God was giving the apostles), encouraging one another, sharing meals and the Lord's Supper, and group prayer. Other passages clarify that teaching encompasses singing.
Neither do we see the early church as a place to bring unbelievers so they will hear the salvation message and be saved. The church gathering was for edifying Christians; church activities were not geared to be attractive to unbelievers, because they aren't. The early Christians made converts and then brought them to church. When the music and the message are designed to attract "seekers" (unbelievers, or immature Christians looking for a pleasant or exciting experience), we are appealing to the fleshly nature. This takes us back to Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:17-21 which direct the church to sing in a non-carnal way (see the article "Bible Teaching Through Music").
Ephesians 4:11-13 speaks of the gifts of preaching and teaching, which were "for the perfecting [equipping, NASB] of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying [building up, NASB] of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect [mature, NASB] man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."
According to this passage, preaching and teaching (and therefore, the music also) are not for the entertainment of those sitting in the pews, but for the purpose of preparing them for service. There is a pew-sitter mentality that sees a small percentage of the church as those who are qualified to "do" and the remaining larger percentage as the audience--those who look on and critique the job "they" are doing. This mentality is concerned with how good "they" make "me" feel in church; it is about what "I" get out of church. Rather, all members of the body of Christ have a purpose to fulfill, I Corinthians 12:12-27; none are to be merely onlookers.
Worship is not something the Christian experiences in church or any group setting. It is not a mood that is created in church through any type of music. If you are concerned about how the "worship experience" in your church makes you feel, you are focusing on your carnal desire for fleshly excitement or satisfaction.
Lyrics that focus on our feelings about God are focusing on Self. Lyrics that focus on God speak of who God is, what He has done, what He is doing, what He is going to do, what the Bible teaches, etc. Singing about ourselves should reflect how we need Him, how we fail Him, and how weak we are rather than deceiving ourselves by singing about what a good job we are doing of loving, desiring, following, or worshiping Him.
Colossians 3:16 describes what takes place when believers are gathered together: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Their singing was to teach them God's Word.
Ephesians 5:17-18 talks about understanding God's will and letting the Holy Spirit fill us as we yield to Him. 19-20 describe how this looks in the church: "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
In I Timothy 4:13, Paul tells Timothy, a pastor, some things that are to be done publicly, when the church gathers: "Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." The emphasis is on teaching God's Word.
The common thread in these passages is an emphasis on teaching and understanding God's Word. We have seen that the Bible presents singing as a way of teaching and learning God's Word. But what if some songs do not do this? Is there anything wrong with singing songs that are just fun, or that make us feel good, as long as other songs, and the rest of the meeting, are focusing on God's Word?
Paul warns Timothy about the slippery slope of people "wanting their ears tickled" in II Timothy 4:2-4. "Preach the word; be instant [ready, NASB] in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering [great patience, NASB] and doctrine [instruction, NASB]. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Without good leadership, Christians can lose their appetite for doctrine (truth), seeing it as something to "endure" or put up with.
We saw in "Bible Teaching Through Music" the problem of the ever-present old nature and the warning against singing songs that are carnal or appeal to the old nature. The Bible warns us that Satan has set snares for us. Snares are small traps that are hard to see because they are cleverly designed and camouflaged. They look exactly like what is all around them. That's why they so easily catch their victims. Once they are stepped into, they are hard to get out of.
A little compromise here, a little there, and soon our defenses are weakened; the doctrinal stand of the believer, and of the church, is weakened. Leaders in the church, according to the above passage, are to reprove, rebuke, and instruct in order for the church to stay on the path of sound doctrine. This warning applies to music, because music is an integral part of effective Bible teaching.
Now let's look at what the Bible teaches about the true meaning of worship.
The first appearance in the Bible of any key word is important because it gives us a clue as to its true meaning and how it should be interpreted in the rest of the Bible. The first use of "worship" has nothing to do with singing.
Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Surely singing, or good feelings, was the last thing on Abraham's mind at this time. What was he talking about doing when he spoke to his servants? What had God just asked him to do? What was Abraham planning to do? What did he actually do when he got up on the mountain? Studying this story gives a proper understanding of worship.
Since Daniel 3 contains the word "worship" more than any other passage of Scripture, it is a significant to study to learn what worship really is. There is much music involved in this in connection with worship. But is the music equivalent to worship, or does it merely accompany the worship that is required? The music is the signal for all to bow down and worship the idol. Music has a powerful effect on our minds and bodies; it can help to manipulate a group mentality.
Daniel 3:5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up.
Daniel 3:6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Daniel 3:10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image.
Daniel 3:11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Daniel 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Daniel 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
FIRST USE IN NEW TESTAMENT
In the first New Testament passage mentioning worship, our key word is found three times. Again we see that worship has nothing to do with singing or feelings, but is about recognizing Jesus as King and yielding to His lordship.
Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
FIRST USE BY JESUS
In the first record of Jesus talking about worship, He is talking to Satan about who is worthy to be worshiped--God or Satan.
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
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.
JESUS TEACHING ABOUT WORSHIP
Jesus speaks to the woman at the well about who is to be worshiped, about true worshipers (which implies there are false, ignorant or misled worshipers), and about the fact that now, in this new dispensation, God is to be worshiped in spirit because God is spirit. Worship will no longer be connected to a certain place--Jerusalem, the temple, the altar, the place of animal sacrifices.
John 4:21-24 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
PAUL ON WORSHIP
Paul presents worship as serving. He applies the concept of the Old Testament sacrifice to the New Testament concept of offering ourselves as a sacrifice--our will, our actions, our entire selves. The object of worship may be God, or else someone or something that pretends to be God or takes the place of God in our lives.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [NASB: Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.]
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
REVELATION: THE BIBLE'S FINAL WORDS ON WORSHIP
In the closing of the Bible, our final instructions about worship remind us who is to be our object of worship. Angels are not to be worshiped; only God is to be the object of worship.
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. 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.
Revelation has 19 verses speaking of worship, more than any other book. It contrasts the true worship of Jesus Christ and the false worship of the beast--the Antichrist, the final world ruler whom Christ defeats at His second coming. Worship is a major theme in the Bible, especially whom we choose to worship.
OTHER VERSES ON WORSHIP
Some may find this lengthy list boring or unnecessary, but this issue is extremely important, especially as it impacts our concern of teaching the Bible from a biblical perspective. It is important to document the Bible's teaching on worship. Singing and worship are so often confused, but if we are to make proper use of singing in our teaching of the Bible, we need to be clear on what the Bible says that singing is and is not. Singing has very little to do with worship.
Worship is not even mentioned in connection with the early church. We no longer need to sacrifice, as did the Old Testament believers, because the Lamb of God has been sacrificed once for all time. Since God now indwells individual Christians, we do not gather for the purpose of coming into His presence, so bowing before Him is not necessary in church. Service and obedience--other synonyms for worship--have more to do with daily life than with the gathering of believers for teaching, fellowship, prayer and eating together, as Acts 2:44 describes.
Besides the verses we have already looked at, a quick perusal of the following verses gives an accurate view of what the Bible means by worship. It is not necessary to read this section in detail. Look at the highlighted words; note the terms that are used with "worship," the most frequent being "bow" and "serve" and falling down before someone or something. Many verses imply that worship is connected with offering a sacrifice, which was for the forgiveness of sin; remembering and recognizing that Christ sacrificed Himself for our sins is part of worship. Dealing with our sin is part of worship.
Genesis 24:26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
Genesis 24:48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.
Genesis 24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
Exodus 4:31 And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.
Exodus 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
Exodus 24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.
Exodus 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Exodus 33:10 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
Exodus 34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.
Deuteronomy 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded.
Deuteronomy 26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God.
Deuteronomy 29:26 For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them.
Deuteronomy 30:17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them.
Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant.
Judges 7:15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
1 Samuel 1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
1 Samuel 1:19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.
1 Samuel 1:28 Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
1 Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.
1 Samuel 15:31 So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD.
2 Samuel 12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
2 Samuel 15:32 And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head.
1 Kings 9:6 But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them.
1 Kings 9:9 And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil.
1 Kings 11:33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.
1 Kings 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
1 Kings 22:53 For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.
2 Kings 5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant, that when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I bow myself in the house of Rimmon: when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.
2 Kings 10:19 Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
2 Kings 10:21 And Jehu sent through all Israel: and all the worshippers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left that came not. And they came into the house of Baal; and the house of Baal was full from one end to another.
2 Kings 10:22 And he said unto him that was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments.
2 Kings 10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab, into the house of Baal, and said unto the worshippers of Baal, Search, and look that there be here with you none of the servants of the LORD, but the worshippers of Baal only.
2 Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
2 Kings 17:36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.
2 Kings 18:22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
2 Kings 19:37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
2 Kings 21:3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
2 Kings 21:21 And he walked in all the way that his father walked in, and served the idols that his father served, and worshipped them.
1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
1 Chronicles 29:20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.
2 Chronicles 7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Chronicles 7:19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them.
2 Chronicles 7:22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
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.
2 Chronicles 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.
2 Chronicles 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
2 Chronicles 32:12 Hath not the same Hezekiah taken away his high places and his altars, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall worship before one altar, and burn incense upon it?
2 Chronicles 33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
Nehemiah 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.
Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped.
Psalms 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psalms 22:29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
Psalms 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalms 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
Psalms 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
Psalms 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
Psalms 86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
Psalms 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Psalms 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Psalms 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
Psalms 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psalms 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
Psalms 106:19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.
Psalms 132:7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
Psalms 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats.
Isaiah 27:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
Isaiah 36:7 But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
Isaiah 37:38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
Isaiah 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
Isaiah 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
Isaiah 46:6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 1:16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
Jeremiah 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
Jeremiah 8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.
Jeremiah 13:10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
Jeremiah 16:11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law.
Jeremiah 22:9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
Jeremiah 25:6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
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.
Jeremiah 44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Ezekiel 46:2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.
Ezekiel 46:3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.
Ezekiel 46:9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.
Micah 5:13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham.
Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zechariah 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Matthew 15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
Matthew 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Matthew 28:17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
Mark 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.
Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark 15:19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
Luke 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Luke 14:10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
Luke 24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
John 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought toworship.
John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
John 12:20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast.
Acts 7:42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship.
Acts 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
Acts 18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.
Acts 18:13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
Acts 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
Acts 19:35 And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?
Acts 24:11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
Acts 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 14:25 And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.
Colossians 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that isworshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
Hebrews 10:2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying…
Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Revelation 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God.
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God.
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand…
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 19:4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
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 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 22:8 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.
Revelation 22:9 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.
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