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han'-d'-l (kaph): The noun occurs once in So 5:5, "handles of the bolt" (the King James Version "lock"). The verb "handle" represents several Hebrew ('achaz, mashakh, taphas, etc.) and Greek (thiggano, Col 2:21; pselaphao, Lu 24:39; 1 Joh 1:1) words in the King James Version, but is also sometimes substituted in the Revised Version (British and American) for other renderings in the King James Version, as in So 3:8 for "hold"; in Lu 20:11, "handled shamefully," for "entreated shamefully"; in 2Ti 2:15, "handling aright," for "rightly dividing," etc.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g5584 Greek: pselaphao


"to feel, touch, handle," is rendered by the latter verb in Luk 24:39, in the Lord's invitation to the disciples to accept the evidence of His resurrection in His being bodily in their midst; in 1Jo 1:1, in the Apostle's testimony (against the gnostic error that Christ had been merely a phantom) that he and his fellow Apostles had handled Him.

2 Strong's Number: g2345 Greek: thingano



(a) "to touch, to handle" (though "to handle" is rather stronger than the actual significance compared with No 1). In Col 2:21 the RV renders it "touch," and the first verb (hapto, "to lay hold of") "handle," i.e., "handle not, nor taste, nor touch;" "touch" is the appropriate rendering; in Hbr 12:20 it is said of a beast's touching Mount Sinai;

(b) "to touch by way of injuring," Hbr 11:28.
See TOUCH. In the Sept., Exd 19:12.

Note: The shortened form found in the passages mentioned is an aorist (or point) tense of the verb.

3 Strong's Number: g1389 Greek: doloo


"to corrupt," is used in 2Cr 4:2, "handling (the Word of God) deceitfully," in the sense of using guile (dolos); the meaning approximates to that of adulterating (cp. kapeleuo, in 2Cr 2:17).

4 Strong's Number: g818 Greek: antimazo


"to dishonor, insult," is rendered "handled shamefully" in Mar 12:4. Some mss. have the alternative verb antimao.

5 Strong's Number: g3718 Greek: orthotomeo


"to cut straight," as in road-making (orthos, "straight," temno, "to cut"), is used metaphorically in 2Ti 2:15, of "handling aright (the word of truth)," RV (AV, "rightly dividing"). The stress is on orthos; the Word of God is to be "handled" strictly along the lines of its teaching. If the metaphor is taken from plowing, cutting a straight furrow, the word would express a careful cultivation, the Word of God viewed as ground designed to give the best results from its ministry and in the life.
See DIVIDE. In the Sept., in Pro 3:6; 11:5, the knowledge of God's wisdom and the just dealing of the upright are enjoined as producing a straight walk in the life.


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