upper limb of the body; strength, power, means of support; furnish with weapons - physical or spiritual (as attitude of Christ)

ARM in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

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Exodus 6:6 - 'I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.'
Hosea 11:3 - It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
Ezekiel 20:33-35 - As I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out, will I be king over you: and I will bring you out from the peoples, and will gather you out of the countries in which you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out; and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there will I enter into judgment with you face to face.
Zechariah 11:17 - Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered, his right eye totally blinded!
John 12:37-38 - This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: "Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
Mark 10:14-16 - But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Acts 20:10 - Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "He's alive!"
1 Peter 4:1 - since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.

ARM [Easton Bible Dictionary]

Used to denote power (Psalms 10:15; Ezekiel 30:21; Jeremiah 48:25).

It is also used of the omnipotence of God (Exodus 15:16; Psalms 89:13; 98:1; 77:15; Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38; Acts 13:17)

ARM [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

arm (zeroa`, 'ezroa`, dera`; brachion; chotsen, katheph): The usual form is zeroa` from the root zara`, "to spread." The arm may be "stretched out." 'Ezroa` is this form with prosthetic 'aleph (Job 31:22; Jeremiah 32:21), and dera` is the Aramaic form. Chotsen is really "bosom," thus the Revised Version (British and American) (Isaiah 49:22); and katheph is "shoulder," thus the Revised Version (British and American) (Job 31:22). Compare cheir, also, in Acts 11:21.

Figurative: The arm denotes influence, power, means of support or conquest. The arms of Moab (Jeremiah 48:25) and of Pharaoh (Ezekiel 30:21 ff) are broken. The arm of Eli and the arm of his father's house are to be cut off (1 Samuel 2:31). Because the arm wielded the sword it signified "oppression" (Job 35:9). The arms are the means of support, therefore to refuse to aid the fatherless is to break their arms (Job 22:9).

Applied anthropomorphically to God, the arm denotes also His power, power to deliver, support, conquer. His "outstretched arm" delivered Israel from Egypt (Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 4:34, etc.). They support: "Underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). His arm protects (Isaiah 40:11). Yahweh is sometimes likened to a warrior and smites with His arm (Psalms 89:10; Isaiah 63:5; Jeremiah 21:5). The arm of Yahweh is holy (Psalms 98:1; Isaiah 52:10). Many other passages of Scripture might be quoted showing how the power of God to redeem, judge, protect, punish is expressed by the idea of "the arm of Yahweh."

S. F. Hunter

EVERLASTING ARMS [Thompson Chain Reference]
* Deuteronomy 33:27 * Isaiah 46:4 * Mark 10:16

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