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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) As much as the hand will grasp or contain.

2. (n.) A hand's breadth; four inches.

3. (n.) A small quantity.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HANDFUL

hand'-fool: There are five words in Hebrew used to indicate what may be held in the hand, either closed or open.

(1) chophen, chophnayim. The fist or closed hand occurs in the dual in Exodus 9:8, where it signifies what can be taken in the two hands conjoined, a double handful.

(2) kaph, "hollow of the hand," the palm; an open handful (Leviticus 9:17 1 Kings 17:12 Ecclesiastes 4:6).

(3) `amir, "sheaf or bundle." It signifies the quantity of grain a gleaner may gather in his hand (Jeremiah 9:22 (Hebrew 21)).

(4) qomets, "the closed handful" (Genesis 41:47 Leviticus 2:2; Leviticus 5:12; Leviticus 6:15 (Hebrew 6:8); Numbers 5:26).

(5) sho`al, "the hollow of the hand," or what can be held in it (1 Kings 20:10 Ezekiel 13:19). In Isaiah 40:12 it signifies "measure."

(6) piccah (Psalm 72:16) is rendered "handful" by the King James Version, but is properly "abundance" as in the Revised Version (British and American).

H. Porter

Greek
3459. mulon -- mill.
... people. One person dropped a handful of grain on a lower stone, while the other
rubbed another stone back-and-forth on it to grind the grain. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
8168. shoal -- hollow hand, handful
... 8167, 8168. shoal. 8169 . hollow hand, handful. Transliteration: shoal Phonetic
Spelling: (sho'-al) Short Definition: handfuls. ... handful, hollow of the hand. ...
/hebrew/8168.htm - 6k

7062. qomets -- closed hand, fist
... 7061, 7062. qomets. 7063 . closed hand, fist. Transliteration: qomets Phonetic
Spelling: (ko'mets) Short Definition: handful. ... handful. ...
/hebrew/7062.htm - 6k

7061. qamats -- enclose with the hand, grasp
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition enclose with the hand, grasp NASB Word
Usage take (2), take a handful (1). take an handful. A ...
/hebrew/7061.htm - 6k

5995. amir -- a swath, row of fallen grain
... sheaves (3). handful, sheaf. From amar; a bunch of grain -- handful, sheaf. see
HEBREW amar. 5994, 5995. amir. 5996 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/5995.htm - 6k

6653. tsebathim -- bundles (of grain)
... handful. From an unused root apparently meaning to grip; a lock of stalks --
handful. 6652, 6653. tsebathim. 6654 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/6653.htm - 5k

6451. pissah -- probably abundance, plenty
... abundance (1). handful. From pacac; expansion, ie Abundance -- handful. see HEBREW
pacac. 6450, 6451. pissah. 6452 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/6451.htm - 6k

3709. kaph -- hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot) ...
... palm, sole (of the foot), a pan NASB Word Usage branches (1), earnings* (1), footstep*
(1), give pledges* (1), grasp (2), hand (46), handful* (1), handles (1 ...
/hebrew/3709.htm - 6k

4393. melo -- fullness, that which fills
... fills NASB Word Usage all (2), all it contains (8), all its fullness (1), band
(1), contains (1), fill (1), full (11), fullness (4), handful* (3), handfuls* (2 ...
/hebrew/4393.htm - 6k

2651. chophen -- the hollow of the hand
... fists, both hands, handful. From an unused root of uncertain signification; a fist
(only in the dual) -- fists, (both) hands, hand(-ful). 2650, 2651. ...
/hebrew/2651.htm - 6k

Library

September the Twenty-Second the Handful of Meal
... SEPTEMBER The Twenty-second THE HANDFUL OF MEAL. ... But how strange that a widow with
only "a handful of meal" should be "commanded" to offer hospitality! ...
/.../september the twenty-second the handful.htm

Paul at Philippi
... insignificant knot of people than the little weather- beaten Jew, travel-stained,
of weak bodily presence, and of contemptible speech, with the handful of his ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture the acts/paul at philippi.htm

Elijah Fed by Ravens.
... The widow turned and said, "As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but only
a handful of meal, and a little oil in a cruse; and, behold, I am gathering ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the old testament/elijah fed by ravens.htm

"The Widow Woman was There. " I Kings xvii. 10
... I have only a handful of meal, and I had come out to gather some sticks that I might
bake a little cake for me and the lad, and then we shall have to die of ...
//christianbookshelf.org/champness/broken bread/xxxvii the widow woman was.htm

Salt Without Savour
... A Galilean peasant, with a few of his rude countrymen who had gathered round him,
stands up there on the mountain, and says to them, 'You, a handful, are the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/salt without savour.htm

Concerning the Festivals; and How Each Day of Such Festival is to ...
... obtain this plentiful provision, in the first place, they offer the first-fruits
of their barley, and that in the manner following: They take a handful of the ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 10 concerning the festivals.htm

Science and the Savages
... A man might work out the whole of mathematics with a handful of pebbles, but not
with a handful of clay which was always falling apart into new fragments, and ...
//christianbookshelf.org/chesterton/heretics/xi science and the savages.htm

The Life of Sir Rob^T. Hamilton of Preston.
... After this he returned with that little handful to Evandale, where he was by them
appointed to command in chief June 1st, at the skirmish of Drumclog, wherein ...
/.../howie/biographia scoticana scots worthies/the life of sir rob%5Et.htm

A Nickname Accepted
... A handful of large-hearted, brave men, anonymous fugitives belonging to the little
Church in Jerusalem, had come down to Antioch; and there, without ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture the acts/a nickname accepted.htm

The Inexhaustible Barrel
... And now she has come forth with a double trouble, to gather a handful of
sticks to dress her last meal, that she may eat it and die. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 6 1860/the inexhaustible barrel.htm

Thesaurus
Memorial-part (7 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 and he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests; and he shall take
thereout his handful of the fine flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with ...
/m/memorial-part.htm - 8k

Sheaves (13 Occurrences)
... It is a custom in parts of Syria for the gatherers of the sheaves to run toward
a passing horseman and wave a handful of grain, shouting kemshi, kemshi ...
/s/sheaves.htm - 12k

Sheaf (11 Occurrences)
... It is a custom in parts of Syria for the gatherers of the sheaves to run toward
a passing horseman and wave a handful of grain, shouting kemshi, kemshi ...
/s/sheaf.htm - 12k

Memorial (54 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and ...
/m/memorial.htm - 28k

Portion (227 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and ...
/p/portion.htm - 41k

Soothing (40 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and ...
/s/soothing.htm - 18k

Odour (43 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all ...
/o/odour.htm - 20k

Aroma (50 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and ...
/a/aroma.htm - 23k

Smoke (98 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 and he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests; and he shall take
thereout his handful of the fine flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with ...
/s/smoke.htm - 39k

Odor (46 Occurrences)
... Leviticus 2:2 He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take
his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and ...
/o/odor.htm - 22k

Concordance
Handful (10 Occurrences)

Leviticus 2:2
He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests; and he shall take his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense; and the priest shall burn its memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to Yahweh.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Leviticus 5:12
He shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as the memorial portion, and burn it on the altar, on the offerings of Yahweh made by fire. It is a sin offering.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Leviticus 6:15
He shall take from there his handful of the fine flour of the meal offering, and of its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the meal offering, and shall burn it on the altar for a pleasant aroma, as its memorial, to Yahweh.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Leviticus 9:17
And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
(KJV DBY WBS NIV)

Numbers 5:26
The priest shall take a handful of the meal offering, as its memorial, and burn it on the altar, and afterward shall make the woman drink the water.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 17:12
She said, "As Yahweh your God lives, I don't have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar. Behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 20:10
Ben Hadad sent to him, and said, "The gods do so to me, and more also, if the dust of Samaria shall suffice for handfuls for all the people who follow me."
(Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 72:16
There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
(KJV WBS YLT)

Ecclesiastes 4:6
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 9:22
Speak, Thus says Yahweh, The dead bodies of men shall fall as dung on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester; and none shall gather them.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Subtopics

Handful

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Sheaves (13 Occurrences)

Sheaf (11 Occurrences)

Memorial (54 Occurrences)

Portion (227 Occurrences)

Soothing (40 Occurrences)

Odour (43 Occurrences)

Aroma (50 Occurrences)

Smoke (98 Occurrences)

Odor (46 Occurrences)

Savour (52 Occurrences)

Pleasant (119 Occurrences)

Frankincense (22 Occurrences)

Meat-offering (111 Occurrences)

Burn (206 Occurrences)

Handful (10 Occurrences)

Flour (69 Occurrences)

Oblation (208 Occurrences)

Savor (51 Occurrences)

Meal-offering (120 Occurrences)

Cereal (124 Occurrences)

Sweet (147 Occurrences)

Incense (167 Occurrences)

Pleasing (185 Occurrences)

Gathering (71 Occurrences)

Quietness (15 Occurrences)

Omer (5 Occurrences)

Jug (11 Occurrences)

Fire-offerings (18 Occurrences)

Tranquillity (2 Occurrences)

Thereout (2 Occurrences)

Therefrom (10 Occurrences)

Reap (35 Occurrences)

Reaper (7 Occurrences)

Dinner (23 Occurrences)

Parched (37 Occurrences)

Peraea

Baked (26 Occurrences)

Barrel (3 Occurrences)

Bake (13 Occurrences)

Burnt-sacrifice (13 Occurrences)

Corpses (16 Occurrences)

Chasing (12 Occurrences)

Carcases (24 Occurrences)

Cruse (11 Occurrences)

Sticks (25 Occurrences)

Single (65 Occurrences)

Carcasses (30 Occurrences)

Couple (19 Occurrences)

Vexation (36 Occurrences)

Perfume (202 Occurrences)

Fine (184 Occurrences)

Fulness (76 Occurrences)

Striving (33 Occurrences)

Aaron's (53 Occurrences)

Cake (25 Occurrences)

Meal-time (1 Occurrence)

Shake (68 Occurrences)

Mealtime (1 Occurrence)

Gehazi (14 Occurrences)

Pursuit (35 Occurrences)

Sin-offering (115 Occurrences)

Jar (45 Occurrences)

Travail (54 Occurrences)

Meals (8 Occurrences)

Carcase (38 Occurrences)

Dung (27 Occurrences)

Oil (281 Occurrences)

Tithe (30 Occurrences)

Toil (66 Occurrences)

Bowl (44 Occurrences)

Gathereth (65 Occurrences)

Afterward (113 Occurrences)

Agriculture

Afterwards (143 Occurrences)

Affirmation (335 Occurrences)

Labour (119 Occurrences)

Handfulls (1 Occurrence)

Offerings (480 Occurrences)

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