Finger (אֶצבִּע, etsba', δάκτυλος), besides its ordinary meaning, is used in Scripture to denote the special and immediate agency of any one. SEE ARM. The Egyptian magicians, terrified by the numerous plagues inflicted upon their country, at length said, "This is the finger of God," i.e. this is done by the power of God himself (Ex 8:19). Moses gave the tables of the law written by the finger (personal direction) of God to the Hebrews (Ex 31:18). The heavens are said to be the work of God's fingers, i.e. his power (Ps 8:3). Christ cast out devils with the finger or power of God (Lu 11:20). " To put forth the finger" is a bantering, insulting gesture (Isa 58:9). Some take this for a menacing gesture, as Nicanor stretched out his hand against the Temple, threatening to burn it (2 Macc. 14:33). "Four fingers thick" occurs as a measure in Jer 52:21. SEE RING.

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