Proverbs 31:20
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English Standard Version
She opens her hand to the poor and reaches 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.

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.

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.

Proverbs 31:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The following proverb praises the extent of her housewifely transactions:

14 ה She is like the ships of the merchant -

        Bringeth her food from afar.

She is (lxx ἐγένετο) like merchant ships (כּאניות, indeterminate, and thus to be read kōǒnı̂joth), i.e., she has the art of such ships as sail away and bring wares from a distance, are equipped, sent out, and managed by an enterprising spirit; so the prudent, calculating look of the brave wife, directed towards the care and the advancement of her house, goes out beyond the nearest circle; she descries also distant opportunities of advantageous purchase and profitable exchange, and brings in from a distance what is necessary for the supply of her house, or, mediately, what yields this supply (ממּרחק, Cod. Jaman. ממרחק, cf. under Isaiah 10:6), for she finds that source of gain she has espied.

Proverbs 31:20 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

she stretcheth

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

Romans 10:21 But to Israel he said, All day long I have stretched forth my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people.

she reacheth

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he has given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 22:9 He that has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.

Job 31:16-20 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail...

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.

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 may do them good: but me you have not always.

Acts 9:39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping...

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me...

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good...

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Cross References
Romans 12:13
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Ephesians 4:28
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Deuteronomy 15:11
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.'

Job 31:16
"If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Proverbs 22:9
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Proverbs 31:19
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

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