Proverbs 31:20
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New International Version
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

New Living Translation
She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

English Standard Version
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.

New American Standard Bible
She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

King James Bible
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy.

International Standard Version
She reaches out to the poor, opening her hands to those in need.

NET Bible
She extends her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.

New Heart English Bible
She opens her arms to the poor; yes, she extends her hands to the needy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has stretched her hands out to the poor and she stretched out her arms to the afflicted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She opens her hands to oppressed people and stretches them out to needy people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

New American Standard 1977
She extends her hand to the poor;
            And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Caph She stretched out her hand to the poor; yea, she reached forth her hands to the destitute.

King James 2000 Bible
She stretches out her hand to the poor; yea, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.

American King James Version
She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.

American Standard Version
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor.

Darby Bible Translation
She stretcheth out her hand to the afflicted, and she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

English Revised Version
She spreadeth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Webster's Bible Translation
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yes, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

World English Bible
She opens her arms to the poor; yes, she extends her hands to the needy.

Young's Literal Translation
Her hand she hath spread forth to the poor, Yea, her hands she sent forth to the needy.
Study Bible
The Virtues of Noble Woman
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle. 20She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy. 21She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.…
Cross References
Romans 12:13
Share with the saints who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Ephesians 4:28
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.

Deuteronomy 15:11
"For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'

Job 31:16
"If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Proverbs 22:9
He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 31:19
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.
Treasury of Scripture

She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.

she stretcheth

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands …

she reacheth

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his …

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 Cast your bread on the waters: for you shall find it after many days…

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

Acts 9:39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought …

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

(20) She streteheth out her hand to the poor.--Either in sympathy or with alms; "yea, she reacheth forth (both) her hands to the needy;" she is keenly alive to their sorrows, and pities them and aids them with all her power.

Verse 20. - CAPH. She is not impelled by selfish greed to improve her means and enlarge her revenues. She is sympathizing and charitable, and loves to extend to others the blessings which have rewarded her efforts. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor. "Hand" is here caph, "the palm," evidently containing alms. She knows the maxim (Proverbs 19:17), "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord," etc.; and she has no fear of poverty. Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. "Hand," is here yod, with its nerves and sinews ready for exertion (see on Proverbs 10:4); and the idea is that she puts forth her hand to raise and soothe the poor man, not being satisfied with dealing alms to him, but exercising the gentle ministries of a tender love. Septuagint, "She opens her hands to the needy, and reaches forth her wrist (καρπὸν) to the poor." Like Dorcas, she is full of good works and alms deeds (Acts 9:36). It is doubtless implied that the prosperity which she experiences is the reward of this benevolence (Proverbs 22:9). She stretcheth out her hand to the poor,.... Her liberality is very extensive, reaches to many, and at a distance; it is done with great cheerfulness and readiness; to do good and communicate, she forgets not, it being acceptable to her Lord and husband, Hebrews 13:16;

yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy; she gives with both hands, liberally and largely. It may be applied to the church, giving spiritual food by her ministers to those who are poor in spirit, spiritually poor and needy, and who hunger and thirst after righteousness. 20. Industry enables her to be charitable.31:10-31 This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her. 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good. 2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not. 3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter. 4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her. 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully. 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world. 7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever. 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.
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