Genesis 18:22, Standing Before God
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but the Lord remained standing before Abraham.
//Back in Bible days, it was understood that you should never sit in the presence of royalty. It was disrespectful not to stand. So prevalent was this teaching that many believed angels had no knees; they didn’t need any, because they didn’t ever need to sit down, because they perpetually stood before God.
That makes today’s verse a little odd. It’s from the Masoretic text, dated in the 9th or 10th century, but may reflect the original writing of the Torah. In this verse, we see God standing before Abraham.
Ouch! Definitely not appropriate, for God to defer to Abraham. So, later scribes, believing that standing implied a subordinate posture, switched the wording around. Today, virtually every translation reads just the opposite:
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD.
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