We have given the hand to the Egyptians,
and to the Assyrians, making a treaty in order to be satisfied with bread. Bible

“given the hand.” An idiom for making a treaty or agreement that places you in a subservient position to the other party. The Jews who had been deported into other lands had to make an agreement with the people there to serve them in order to get food and water.

Commentary for: Lamentations 5:6