hand

hand

Literally, an appendage at the end of a person’s arm. The term occurs approximately fifteen hundred times in the Bible, often with metaphorical or figurative meaning. Offering one’s hand indicates a token of sincerity and willingness to help another (2Kgs 10:15). Conversely, the hand is the means of murder (Gen 4:11) and retaliation (Exod 21:24; Deut 25:11). The hand’s ability to seize, control, or manipulate explains its association with strength or power. The hand of God, a prominent Jewish symbol and popular motif for later Christian iconography, symbolizes God’s sovereign power (Deut 3:24; Job 19:21; Heb 10:31; 1Pet 5:6). God’s hand governs the forces of history (Exod 13:3; Exod 13:14; 1Sam 5:9; Ps 8:7) and strengthens believers (Mark 6:2; Acts 5:12). The NT places Jesus at the right hand of God, the side of authority and power (Mark 12:36; Acts 2:25; Heb 1:3; Ps 110:1; Ps 110:5; Dan 7:13). As a ritual the “laying on of hands” occurs frequently in the sacrificial cult (Lev 16; Num 8) and serves as a form of ordination (Num 27:18; Deut 34:9; 1Tim 4:14). It may also impart a blessing (Gen 48:18; Isa 44:3; Matt 19:13). Healing the sick is closely associated with the hand in the NT, indicating the transference of spiritual and physical wholeness (Mark 1:31; Mark 5:23; Luke 13:13).

2Kgs 10:15

15When he left there, he met Jehonadab son of Rechab coming to meet him; he greeted him, and said to him, “Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?” J ... View more

Gen 4:11

11And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

Exod 21:24

24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

Deut 25:11

Various Commands
11If men get into a fight with one another, and the wife of one intervenes to rescue her husband from the grip of his opponent by reaching out ... View more

Deut 3:24

24“O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your might; what god in heaven or on earth can perform deeds and mighty acts like you ... View more

Job 19:21

21Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!

Heb 10:31

31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

1Pet 5:6

6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.

Exod 13:3

The Festival of Unleavened Bread
3Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, because the Lord bro ... View more

Exod 13:14

14When in the future your child asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall answer, ‘By strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slav ... View more

1Sam 5:9

9But after they had brought it to Gath, the hand of the Lord was against the city, causing a very great panic; he struck the inhabitants of the city, both young ... View more

Ps 8:7

7all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

Mark 6:2

2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that ... View more

Acts 5:12

The Apostles Heal Many
12Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.

Mark 12:36

36David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,
‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’

Acts 2:25

25For David says concerning him,
‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

Heb 1:3

3He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification f ... View more

Ps 110:1

Assurance of Victory for God's Priest-King
Of David. A Psalm.
1The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Ps 110:5

5The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

Dan 7:13

13As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.

Lev 16

The Day of Atonement
1The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord and died.2The Lord said to Moses:
Te ... View more

Num 8

The Seven Lamps
1The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Speak to Aaron and say to him: When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lam ... View more

Num 27:18

18So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand upon him;

Deut 34:9

9Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Mos ... View more

1Tim 4:14

14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.

Gen 48:18

18Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father! Since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.”

Isa 44:3

3For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,
and my blessing on your offspring.

Matt 19:13

Jesus Blesses Little Children
13Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternl ... View more

Mark 1:31

31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

Mark 5:23

23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.”

Luke 13:13

13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.

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