Kaph (also written as Kaf or Khaf or Chaf) is the eleventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Kaph has the same sound as “k” as in “kite”. Every line in Psalm 119:81-88 starts with this letter. Kaph looks like this:


The word “Kaph” means “the palm of a hand” and is shaped like a hand curving around a cup to hold it. In the Old Testament, fathers would place their hands on their children’s heads when pronouncing a blessing. In the New Testament, Jesus often laid His hands on people who needed healing.


Orthodox Jewish men wear a “kippah”, or a skull cap, that represents the palms of God’s hands (Kaph) resting on the head, as a protective covering for the mind, body and spirit.

“Kaph” is closely associated with the idea of “covering” as described in Exodus 33. When Moses said to God, “Show me your glory,” the Lord replied, “I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand (Kaph) until I have passed by.” (Ex. 33:22)

The word “cover” is the same word for “atonement”.
Can you see where this is going?
who is at the right hand of God,
provided covering
for our sins
through His blood.

God made clothes with His hands
out of animal skins for Adam and Eve.
He’s been covering for us ever since.


Hear Jesus’ last words on the cross:
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46

See Jesus’ hands, which bore the mark of sacrifice — and still do.
“Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself!” Luke 24:39

Watch Jesus’ final act before ascending:
“When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany,
he lifted up his hands and blessed them.” Luke 24:50

We are safe in His hands.
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Is. 49:16

Next: My favorite word in the Bible that starts with “L”.


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