25:2 Jos 15:55 1Ki 18:42
* he set him.
7:12 Jos 4:8,9 2Sa 18:18
* a place. Yad.
Literally as the LXX. render [cheira,] a hand; probably
because the trophy or monument of victory was in the shape of
a large hand, the emblem of power, erected on a pillar. These
memorial pillars were anciently much in use; and the figure of
a hand, by its emblematical meaning, was well adapted to
preserve the remembrance of a victory. Niebuhr, speaking of
the Mesjed Ali, or Mosque of Ali, says that, "at the top of
the dome, where one generally sees on the Turkish mosques a
crescent, or only a pole, there is here a hand stretched out,
to represent that of Ali." Another writer informs us, that at
the Alhamra, or red palace of the Moorish kings in Grenada,
"on the key-stone of the outward arch [of the present
principal entrance] is sculptured the figure of an arm, the
symbol of strength and dominion."