Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

Obiect. Kneeling is a gesture proper to Gods worship.

Answ. It is not so proper, but that it may be vsed in ciuill cases: else Christ would haue reproued the young man for kneeling before him as well as for calling him good: for he con∣ceiued * Christ to be but a meere man, and the worship he did him was but ciuill.

It is not simply the gesture, but the occasion of the gesture, the minde of him that performeth it, and the end why he per∣formeth it that maketh it diuine, or ciuill. Cornelius fell down before Peter with conceit of some diuine excellency in him, and was not allowed: his manner of worshiping was diuine. The iaylor fell downe before Paul and Silas in acknowledge∣ment of some outward eminency in them, and was not re∣proued: his manner of worshipping was meerely ciuill. The same gesture may be performed to different persons with a different respect. A childe may kneele to his parent, and to the king. Yet it followeth not that he maketh his parent a king. Neither will it follow that by kneeling to his parent he maketh him a God, because men kneele to God.