hands in the Bible
Hebrew: יָד —transliteration: yad (appears 1617 times in Scripture) —meaning: hand
Greek: χείρ —transliteration: cheir (occurs 179 times in Scripture) —meaning: hand
Called by Galen of Pergamon “the instrument of instruments.” The hand is the symbol of human action.
…In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared. —Psalm 9:16 NASB
“So when you [the wicked of Israel] spread out your hands in prayer,
I [God] will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with [literally: full of] blood. —Isaiah 1:15 NASB
When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” —Matthew 27:24 NASB
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
And I will not sit with the wicked.
I shall wash my hands in innocence,
And I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving
And declare all Your wonders. —Psalm 26:5-7 NASB
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully. —Psalm 24:3-4 NASB
Kiss the hand
Pour water on another’s hands
Hand of God
King James Version of Psalm 77:2
In Psalm 77:2 KJV the correct rendering is “My hand was stretched out,” instead of, as in the King James Version, “My sore ran in the night.”
In the day of my trouble I sought the LORD;
My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing;
My soul refused to be comforted. —Psalm 77:2 NKJV