Word Summary
kara: to bow down
Original Word: כָּרַע
Transliteration: kara
Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-rah')
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: to bow down
Meaning: to bend the knee, to sink, to prostrate
Strong's Concordance
bow down, self, bring down low, cast down, couch, fall, feeble, kneeling,

A primitive root; to bend the knee; by implication, to sink, to prostrate -- bow (down, self), bring down (low), cast down, couch, fall, feeble, kneeling, sink, smite (stoop) down, subdue, X very.


H3766. kara

כָּרַעbow down (Late Hebrew id.; Aramaic כְּרַע‎; Arabic put one's mouth into water, or water-vessel; i.e. kneel to drink ? denominative from following ? —

Qal Perfect3miles ׳כGenesis 49:6 6t.; 3 masculine plural כָּֽרְעוּJudges 7:6 4t.; Imperfect יִכְרַע7:5 3t.; 1 singular וָאֶכְרְעָהEzra 9:5; 3masculine plural יִכְרְעוּןJob 31:10; 2masculine plural תִּכְרָ֑עוּIsaiah 65:12; 1plural וְנִכְרָ֑עָהPsalm 95:6 6t. Imperfect; Infinitive construct כְּרֹעַ1 Kings 8:54; participle כֹּרֵעַEsther 3:5; plural כֹּרְעִים3:2; feminine כֹּרְעוֺתJob 4:4. —

1 bow ברכים על‎ to drink Judges 7:5-6, in supplication to Elijah 2 Kings 1:13; in the worship of God 1 Kings 8:34; Ezra 9:5; with ברכים‎ subject and ל‎ of God 1 Kings 19:18; Isaiah 45:23; without ברכים‎ with לִפְנֵיPsalm 22:30; 72:9; "" השׁתחוה2 Chronicles 7:3; 29:29; Psalm 95:6, worship of God, but Esther 3:2 (twice in verse); 3:5 in obeisance to Haman.

2 bow down, of the couching lion Genesis 49:9; Numbers 24:9 (both poetry).

3 pregnant with על‎, bow down over (in order to lie with) a woman Job 31:10.

4 bow down, of a woman in childbirth 1 Samuel 4:19, so of animals Job 39:3; idols, removed by enemies Isaiah 46:1-2, כֹּרְעוֺת בִּרְכַּיִםJob 4:4 tottering (feeble) knees; of enemies in death, נפל‎[ו‎]כרעbow and fall down Judges 5:27 (3 t. in verse); Psalm 20:9 pregnant without נפל2 Kings 9:24; Isaiah 65:12, with תַּחַת10:4. —

Hiph`il Perfect3masculine singular הִכְרִיעַPsalm 78:31; 2feminine singular suffix הִכְרַעְתִּנִיJudges 11:35; Imperfect2masculine singular תַּכְרִיעַ2 Samuel 22:40 = Psalm 18:40; Imperative suffix הַכְרִיעֵהוּ17:13; Infinitive absolute הַכְרֵעַJudges 11:35. —

1 cause to bow in grief Judges 11:35 (twice in verse).

2 cause to bow down in death Psalm 17:13; 78:31, with תַּחַת2 Samuel 22:40 = Psalm 18:40.