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The most efficient member of the body, Matthew 5:30 , and the ready executor of the behests of the will. Hence its use as a symbol of many of the strongest emotions of the inner man. The right-hand is significant of power, especially the almighty power of God, Exodus 15:6 Psalm 21:8 77:10; of honor, Psalm 45:9 Matthew 25:34 Acts 7:55; of special benediction, Genesis 48:14; of fraternal love, Galatians 2:9; of hostility, Psalm 109:6 Zechariah 3:1; and of allegiance, 1 Chronicles 29:24 . It was raised in the act of prayer, and also in taking an oath, Genesis 14:22; hence the right-hand of a perjured man was "a right-hand of falsehood," Psalm 144:8 . In regard to the points of the compass, the right-hand in Hebrew denotes the south, 1 Samuel 23:19 24:1-22; as the left-hand means the north, Genesis 14:15 . See EAST .

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These files are public domain and are a derivative of the topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Right-Hand'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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