And when they were come into the house, they saw The Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him - Matthew 2:11

Proof 2 | The Deity of Christ

Description: The Greek word for worship ‘proskuneo’ occurs 40 times in the New Testament in the context of the worship of God. The same word is also used to describe the false worship of the antichrist in the Apocalypse. The word ‘proskuneo’ means to fall prostrate and in the Septuagint it is often used to denote veneration, an example of this in the New Testament being Apocalypse 3:9 where Christ is speaking of the enemies of the Church falling down before it in veneration.

Distribution: Matthew (10 instances), John (12 instances), Apocalypse (10 instances) have the highest densities. The occurances in the other books are only 1 or 2 each. 10 of the 12 instances in John are in a single chapter, chapter four, in the dialogue between Christ and the Samaritan Woman (St. Photini).












1 Corinthians






10 + 1 + 2 + 12 + 2 + 1 + 2 + 10 = 40

Exclusions: There are 3 exclusions (instances not counted). We do not count the instances where “worship” is feigned by the enemies of Christ (e1, e3), and we don’t count the instance of the demoniac worshipping Christ (e2).

e1. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for The Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.   Mathew 2:8
(Here Pontius Pilate feigns that he desires to worship Christ)

e2. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped Him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, Thou Son of The Most High God? I adjure thee by God, that Thou torment me not.   Mark 5: verses 6,7
(The demoniac is possessed by a legion of demons)

e3. And they smote Him on the Head with a reed, and did spit upon Him, and bowing their knees worshipped Him.   Mark 15:19

The Deity of Christ | God is Worshipped | 40 instances

Matthew (10 instances)

1. 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 1] Him.   Matthew 2:2

2. And when they were come into the house, they saw The Child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and [worshipped 2] Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.   Matthew 2:11

3. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt [worship 3] The Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.   Matthew 4:10

4. And, behold, there came a leper and [worshipped 4] Him, saying, Lord, if Thou Wilt, Thou canst make me clean.   Matthew 8:2

5. While He spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and [worshipped 5] Him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay Thy Hand upon her, and she shall live.   Matthew 9:18

6. Then they that were in the ship came and [worshipped 6] Him, saying, Of a truth Thou art The Son of God.   Matthew 14:33

7. Then came she and [worshipped 7] Him, saying, Lord, Help me.   Matthew 15:25

8. The servant therefore fell down, and [worshipped 8] Him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay Thee all.   Matthew 18:26

9. Then came to Him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, [worshipping 9] Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him.   Matthew 20:20

10. 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 10] Him.   Matthew 28:9


11. And when they saw Him, they [worshipped 11] Him: but some doubted.   Matthew 28:17


12. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt [worship 12] The Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.   Luke 4:8

13. And they [worshipped 13] Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:   Luke 24:52

John (12 instances)

14, 15. Our fathers [worshipped 14] in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to [worship 15].   John 4:20

16. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, [worship 16] The Father.   John 4:21

17, 18. Ye [worship 17] ye know not what: we know what we [worship 18]: for The Salvation is of the Jews.   John 4:22

19, 20, 21. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true [worshippers 19] shall [worship 20] The Father in Spirit and in Truth: for The Father seeketh such to [worship 21] Him.   John 4:23

22, 23. God is ~ Spirit: and they that [worship 22] Him must [worship 23] Him in Spirit and in Truth.   John 4:24

24. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he [worshipped 24] Him.   John 9:38

25. And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to [worship 25] at the feast:   John 12:20


26. 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 26],   Acts 8:27

27. Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to [worship 27].   Acts 24:11

1 Corinthians

28. And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will [worship 28] God, and report that God is in you of a truth.   1 Corinthians 14:25


29. And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God [worship 29] him.   Hebrews 1:6

30. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and [worshipped 30], leaning upon the top of his staff.   Hebrews 11:21

Apocalypse (10 instances)

31. The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on The Throne, and [worship 31] him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before The Throne, saying,   Apocalypse  4:10

32. And the four beasts said, Amin. And the four and twenty elders fell down and [worshipped 32] him that liveth for ever and ever.   Apocalypse  5:14

33. 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 33] God,   Apocalypse  7:11

34. 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 34] therein.   Apocalypse  11:1

35. And the four and twenty elders, which {are before The Throne of God, sitting} on their thrones, fell upon their faces, and [worshipped 35] God,   Apocalypse  11:16

36. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and [worship 36] Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.   Apocalypse  14:7

37. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy Name? for Thou only art Holy: for all nations shall come and [worship 37] before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest.   Apocalypse  15:4

38. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and [worshipped 38] God that sat on The Throne, saying, Amin; Alleluia.   Apocalypse  19:4

39. 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 39] God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.   Apocalypse  19:10

40. 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 40] God.   Apocalypse  22:9