A small piece of cloth used primarily for wiping the face and hands. Other uses include storing money (Luke 19:20, NRSV: “piece of cloth”) and covering the face of a dead person (John 11:44; John 20:7). In a different vein, handkerchiefs that had come into contact with Paul were said to have had healing power (Acts 19:11-12).

Luke 19:20

20Then the other came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth,

John 11:44

44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

John 20:7

7and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

Acts 19:11-12

The Sons of Sceva
11God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,12so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, t ... View more

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