'Right Hand' in the Bible
Is not the entire land before you? Please separate [yourself] from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right, then I will go to the left.”
And as her soul was departing, (for she died), she named him Ben-oni (son of my sorrow); but his father called him Benjamin (son of the right hand).
Then Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him.
But Israel reached out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, crossing his hands [intentionally], even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him [because he was not the firstborn]; and he grasped his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn; place your right hand on Manasseh’s head.”
The Israelites went into the middle of the sea on dry land, and the waters formed a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
But the Israelites walked on dry land in the middle of the sea, and the waters formed a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
“Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power;Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
“You stretched out Your right hand,The sea swallowed them.
Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ears of Aaron and his sons and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet, and sprinkle the [rest of the] blood around on the altar [of burnt offering].
Moses killed it and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
He also brought Aaron’s sons forward and put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, and the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toes of their right feet; and Moses sprinkled the rest of the blood around on the altar.
The priest shall take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
Of the rest of the oil which is in his palm, the priest shall put some on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on top of the blood of the guilt offering.
Next he shall kill the lamb of the guilt offering; and the priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot.
The priest shall put some of the oil in his palm on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the places where he has put the blood of the guilt offering.
Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through a field or through a vineyard; we will not even drink water from a well. We will go along the king’s highway, not turning [off-course] to the right or to the left until we have passed through your territory.’”
The Angel of the Lord went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left.
Therefore you shall pay attention and be careful to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left [deviating from My commandments].
You shall act in accordance with the law which they teach you and the judgment which they tell you. You shall not turn aside from their verdict, to the right or to the left.
so that his heart will not be lifted up above his countrymen [by a false sense of self-importance and self-reliance] and that he will not turn away (deviate) from the commandment, to the right or to the left, so that he and his sons may continue [to reign] for a long time in his kingdom in Israel.
Do not turn aside from any of the words which I am commanding you today, to the right or to the left, to follow and serve other gods.
He said,“The Lord came from Sinai,And dawned on them from Seir;He shone forth from Mount Paran,And He came from among ten thousand holy ones;At His right hand was a flaming fire, a law, for them.
Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go.
Be steadfast and very determined to keep and to do everything that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, so that you do not turn aside from it to the right or the left,
“She reached out her [left] hand for the tent peg,And her right hand for the workmen’s hammer.Then she struck Sisera, she smashed his head;And she shattered and pierced his temple.
When three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow, and they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”
Samson took hold of the two middle [support] pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, one with his right hand and the other with his left.
Asahel pursued Abner and did not turn to the right or to the left as he followed him.
The king said, “Is the hand of Joab with you in all of this?” And the woman answered, “As your soul lives, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything that my lord the king has said. Indeed, it was your servant Joab who commanded me; he put all these words in the mouth of your maidservant.
He threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David; yet all the people and all the warriors remained on his right and on his left.
Joab said to Amasa, “Is it going well with you, my brother?” And with his right hand Joab took hold of Amasa by the beard [as if] to kiss him [in greeting].
So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, bowed before her, and sat down on his throne; then he had a throne set for her, the king’s mother, and she sat on his right.
Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host (army) of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father (ancestor) David, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Heman’s [tribal] brother Asaph stood at his right hand: Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea,
They were armed with bows, and could use the right hand or the left to sling stones and shoot arrows from the bow; they were Saul’s relatives from [the tribe of] Benjamin.
So Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host (army) of heaven standing on His right and on His left.
He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father (forefather) and did not turn aside either to the right or to the left.
Ezra the scribe stood on a [large] wooden platform which they had constructed for this purpose. And beside him [on the platform] stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left.
To the left (north) He turns, but I cannot behold Him;He turns to the right hand (south), but I cannot see Him.
“On my right the [rabble] brood rises;They push my feet away, and they build up their ways of destruction against me [like an advancing army].
“[If you can do all this, Job, proving your divine power] then I [God] will also praise you and acknowledgeThat your own right hand can save you.
I have set the Lord continually before me;Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
You will show me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy;In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Wondrously show Your [marvelous and amazing] lovingkindness,O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right handFrom those who rise up against them.
You have also given me the shield of Your salvation,And Your right hand upholds and sustains me;Your gentleness [Your gracious response when I pray] makes me great.
Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;He will answer him from His holy heavenWith the saving strength of His right hand.
Your hand will reach out and defeat all your enemies;Your right hand will reach those who hate you.
In whose hands is a wicked scheme,And whose right hand is full of bribes.
For our fathers did not possess the land [of Canaan] by their own sword,Nor did their own arm save them,But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence,Because You favored and delighted in them.
And in Your majesty ride on triumphantlyFor the cause of truth and humility and righteousness;Let Your right hand guide You to awesome things.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
As is Your name, O God,So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;Your right hand is full of righteousness (rightness, justice).
That Your beloved ones may be rescued,Save with Your right hand and answer us.
My soul [my life, my very self] clings to You;Your right hand upholds me.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;You have taken hold of my right hand.
Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand [from judging the enemy]?Remove Your hand from Your chest, destroy them!
And I said, “This is my grief,That the right hand of the Most High has changed [and His lovingkindness is withheld].”
So He brought them to His holy land,To this mountain [Zion] which His right hand had acquired.
Even the stock which Your right hand has planted,And [look down on] the son that You have reared and strengthened for Yourself.
Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand,Upon the son of man whom You have made strong for Yourself.
You have a strong arm;Mighty is Your hand, Your right hand is exalted.
“I will also set his hand on the [Mediterranean] sea,And his right hand on the rivers [the tributaries of the Euphrates].
You have exalted the right hand of his foes;You have made all his enemies rejoice.
A thousand may fall at your sideAnd ten thousand at your right hand,But danger will not come near you.
O sing to the Lord a new song,For He has done marvelous and wonderful things;His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.
That Your beloved [ones] may be rescued,Save with Your right hand, and answer me!
Appoint a wicked man against him,And let an attacker stand at his right hand [to kill him].
For He will stand at the right hand of the needy,To save him from those who judge his soul.
The Lord (Father) says to my Lord (the Messiah, His Son),“Sit at My right handUntil I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet [subjugating them into complete submission].”
The Lord is at Your right hand,He will crush kings in the day of His wrath.
The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous:The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
The right hand of the Lord is exalted;The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
The Lord is your keeper;The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,Let my right hand forget [her skill with the harp].
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,And Your right hand will save me.
Even there Your hand will lead me,And Your right hand will take hold of me.
Look to the right [the point of attack] and see;For there is no one who has regard for me [to act in my favor].Escape has failed me and I have nowhere to run;No one cares about my life.
Whose mouths speak deceit [without restraint],And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Set me free and rescue me from the hand of [hostile] foreigners,Whose mouth speaks deceit [without restraint],And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
Long life is in her right hand;In her left hand are riches and honor.
Do not turn away to the right nor to the left [where evil may lurk];Turn your foot from [the path of] evil.
Whoever attempts to restrain her [criticism] might as well try to stop the wind,And grasps oil with his right hand.
A wise man’s heart turns him toward the right [which is the way of blessing], but a fool’s heart turns him toward the left [which is the way of condemnation].
“Let his left hand be under my headAnd his right hand embrace me.”
“Let his left hand be under my headAnd his right hand embrace me.”
They slice off [in discord] what is on the right hand but are still hungry,And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied;Each eats the flesh of his own arm.
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;Do not be afraid, for I am your God.I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’
“For I the Lord your God keep hold of your right hand; [I am the Lord],Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
That kind of man (the idolater) feeds on ashes [and is satisfied with ashes]! A deceived mind has led him astray, so that he cannot save himself, or ask, “Is this thing [that I am holding] in my right hand not a lie?”
This is what the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus [king of Persia],Whose right hand I have heldTo subdue nations before him,And I will ungird the loins of kings [disarming them];To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“My hand founded and established the earth,And My right hand spread out the heavens;When I call to them, they stand together [in obedience to carry out My decrees].
“For you will spread out to the right and to the left;And your descendants will take possession of nationsAnd will inhabit deserted cities.
The Lord has sworn [an oath] by His right hand and by His mighty arm,“I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies,Nor will [the invading] foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”
Who caused His glorious arm and infinite power to go at the right hand of Moses,Dividing the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name,
“As I live,” says the Lord, “though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet [ring] on My right hand, yet would I pull you (Coniah) off.
In fierce anger He has cut off and destroyedEvery horn of Israel.He has withdrawn His right handFrom the presence of the enemy.And He has burned in Jacob like a flaming fireConsuming all around.
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