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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Hand
Hand. Unit of measure among the Hebrews. The fingers, up to four (Jer 52:21), made a handbreadth; three handbreadths made a handstretch (Ex 28:16). Figuratively, hand meant power (Dt 2:15; Ps 31:15; Mk 14:42). Indeed, in Joshua 8:20 “hand” is translated “strength” (see Ps 76:5). Conversely, limp hands
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hand
Hand[Heb usually yāḏ, also kap̱—‘palm (of hand)’; Gk. cheír]. The hand is that part of the body which enables man to be a doer, a tool-making and tool-using being; thus it is associated with power or control (e.g., hands are called “keepers of the house” in Eccl. 12:3; in referring to parts of the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Hand
HAND The terminal part of the forelimb that has the ability to grasp. “Hand” is used hundreds of times in the Bible to describe a physical part of one’s body. It is also used frequently in metaphors or figurative language.Figuratively, the hand meant power (Dt 2:15; Ps 31:5; Mk 14:62). Indeed, in Joshua
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Hand
hand (Heb. yad; Gk. cheir). The word “hand” occurs approximately fifteen hundred times in the Bible, sometimes with metaphorical or figurative meaning. Offering one’s hand indicates acceptance, sincerity, and a willingness to help (2 Kings 10:15; cf. Gal. 2:9). Conversely, the hand can be an instrument
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Hand
HAND. The hand is the principal organ of touch and the member of the body chiefly employed in active service. As such, it is the symbol of human action. Pure hands mean pure actions, while hands full of blood symbolize deeds of iniquity (Ps 90:17; Job 9:30; 1 Tim 2:8; Isa 1:15). Washing of the hands
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Hand
HAND. In comparison with the Gk. word cheir (which is translated only by ‘hand’, with some composite words such as cheiropoiētos, ‘made with hands’), the two main Heb. words translated ‘hand’ in rsv have very wide meanings. yāḏ has many variant translations in rsv, and kap̱ several, all of which are
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Hand
HandIn addition to the literal body part (Gen. 8:9; Matt. 8:3), a reference, by metonymy, to the whole person (Ps. 24:4). The right hand was given to seal a contract or receive a person into fellowship (Gal. 2:9), and to be at the right hand was considered a position of honor (Matt. 25:33; Heb. 12:2).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Hand
Hand (Heb. yāḏ; Gk. cheír).† In addition to numerous literal references to the hand as a part of the body, it occurs some thirteen hundred times in a figurative sense, drawing upon its function as an instrument of creativity and production and as a vehicle for strength and action. The hand connotes
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Hand
HAND The hand is often used in figurative language to describe the power or authority of a person. For example, the phrase “the hand of the Lord” expresses the power of God both to smite and to deliver (Num 11:23; Isa 9:7–10:4, 59:1), and similarly Jesus “stretched out” his healing hand (Mark 1:41; cf.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Hand
HAND (Heb. yād, the “open” palm; kap, the “hollow” of the hand; Gk. cheir).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Hand
HandCalled by Galen “the instrument of instruments.” It is the symbol of human action (Ps. 9:16; Job 9:30; Isa. 1:15; 1 Tim. 2:8). Washing the hands was a symbol of innocence (Ps. 26:6; 73:13; Matt. 27:24), also of sanctification (1 Cor. 6:11; Isa. 51:16; Ps. 24:3, 4). In Ps. 77:2 the correct rendering
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hand
Handhand (Heb. yadh; Gk. cheir ), a term occurring approximately fifteen hundred times in the Bible meaning, among other things, hand, side, and power. It can operate on behalf of the whole person, frequently as a substitute for an individual’s activities, dealings, and even spiritual impulses. Offering
Key passages
Ps 110:1

A declaration of Yahweh to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

La 1:4

The roads of Zion are mourning because no one comes to the festival. All her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young women are worried, and she herself suffers bitterly.

Mt 27:24

So Pilate, when he saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but instead an uproar was developing, took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this man. You see to it!”

1 Ti 2:8

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and dispute.

1 Ti 4:14

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, that was granted to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.