“My Right Hand Man” Where’d That Come From?

25 Feb

“My Right Hand Man” Where’d That Come From?

To be at someone’s right hand is a good and rewarding position, and conveys honor to a trusted adviser who is always close at hand.

There are so many pithy (concise and forcefully expressive) sayings that are used in everyday conversation.  Most of us use them, but most of us have no idea of the source from where they originate.  It’s interesting that many of these sayings are found in the words of the Bible, long pre-dating the time when the sayings came into use.  This proves that the Bible has always had great influence on man’s life and relationships…and still does, even in our day.  The fact that so many of these saying are still in use underscores the timeless relevance of God’s Word.

We thought we’d share some of them with you so that the next time you hear one of these sayings you can point them to the source!  That’s why we’re calling them a, “conversation kicker”!  Use them to turn a conversation to something important.  God bless and Stay Bold!


“My right hand man!”  is a saying that comes from several biblical references. 

Meaning: A person given authority and honor; a most trusted advisor who is always close at hand.  To be at someone’s right hand is a good and rewarding position.

The name Benjamin (Genesis 35:18) means son of my right hand.  It come from the Hebrew  word “ben” meaning son and  “yamiyn” meaning the right hand or side of a person, object or locale.

Psalm 16:11  Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 

Psalm 80:17  Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Acts 7:55  But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Carl Kerby

<p>Carl Kerby is an inspiring, motivating and highly respected Christian speaker. With more than 20 years of ministry experience, Carl shares his extensive knowledge and understanding of God’s creation in his presentations, outreach events, books and other resources as the President and founding board member of Reasons for Hope, Inc.</p>