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Holman Bible Dictionary

Handbreadth

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An ancient measurement equal to the width of the hand at the base of the fingers (about three inches). Ezekiel's long cubit was six handbreaths, one more than the common cubit (Ezekiel 40:5 ). In Psalm 39:5 “a few handbreadths” illustrates the shortness of life.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Handbreadth'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/h/handbreadth.html. 1991.

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