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LEFT-HANDED (אִטֵּ֖ר יַד־יָמִין). The word is used only twice in the Bible, in both cases of Benjaminites. In Judges 3:15 Ehud, son of Gera, who killed the king of Moab, Eglon, and thereby delivered Israel from the Moabites, is described as being left-handed. In Judges 20:16 it is said that the Benjaminites numbered 26,000 soldiers. of whom seven hundred were left-handed; “every one could sling a stone at a hair, and not miss.” The Heb. words suggest a man who for one reason or another uses his left hand instead of his right hand.