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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Hand

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Often put of strength, power; so to be "in the hand" of any one, is to be in his power. Joining hands, or striking hands, is a very common method of pledging one's self to a contract or bargain; just as persons among us often shake hands in token of an agreement. To "lift the hand," means to make oath. "At the right hand of God," is the place of honor, power, and happiness, Psalm 16:11 45:9 110:1 Matthew 26:64 Colossians 3:1 . The right hand meant towards the south, the Jews being wont to speak as if facing the east. The "laying on of hands," signified consecration to office, and the bestowal of a blessing or of divine gifts, Genesis 48:14 Numbers 8:10 27:18 Mark 10:16 Acts 6:6 19:6 1 Timothy 4:14 . The hands of the high priest laid upon the scapegoat, as if transferring the guilt of the people to his head, represented the work wrought by Christ in order that the sinner might not be "driven away in his wickedness." See WASHING .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Hand'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/h/hand.html. 1859.

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