Does the Bible say anything about being left-handed?
The right hand or right side of a person has great honor in the Bible. Psalm 110:1 prophesied that David's Lord would sit at the right hand of God. In Matthew 26:64 and Mark 14:62, Jesus identified Himself with the prophecy; and in Acts 7:56, Stephen saw it come true. Exodus 15:6 and Psalm 118:16 identify the right hand with strength and Galatians 2:9 with fellowship. But why?
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While the Bible does record characters assuming cultural norms, it doesn't state that the tradition of reproaching the left-hand side is valid. Isaac used his left hand to give a lesser blessing to Joseph's older son Manasseh, but it was still a good blessing (Genesis 48:14, 19). Left-handed warriors were singled out for their skill in battle (Judges 3:15-21; 20:16; 1 Chronicles 12:2). And Matthew 20:21 shows that being seated at the left side of the king was still a coveted position of authority and power.
Biologically, it's unknown why right-handedness is so much more common than left. Culturally, the right hand has been given much more honor than the left. But biblically, there's no justification. Any modern remnants of left-handed bigotry are based on ancient superstition. The only "evil" associated with being left-handed is getting your palm smudged when you write and never being able to find good scissors.
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