Proverbs 31:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
She opens her arms 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.

New King James Version
She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she 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.

NASB 1995
She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.

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

Amplified Bible
She opens and extends her hand to the poor, And she reaches out her filled hands to the needy.

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And she opens her hands to the needy, and reaches out fruit to the poor.

Contemporary English Version
and she helps the poor and 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.

Good News Translation
She is generous to the poor and needy.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
She has spread forth her hand to the poor, Indeed, she sent forth her hands to the needy.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20She opens her arms to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. 21When it snows, she has no fear for her household, for they are all clothed in 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 there will never cease to be poor in the land; that is why I am commanding you to open wide your hand to your brother and to the poor and needy in your land.

Job 31:16
If I have denied the desires of the poor or allowed the widow's eyes to fail,

Proverbs 22:9
A generous man will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Proverbs 31:19
She stretches out her hands to the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.


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 ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

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

she reacheth

Proverbs 19:17
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 22:9
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth 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; …









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
She opens
פָּרְשָׂ֣ה (pā·rə·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 6566: To break apart, disperse

her arms
כַּ֭פָּהּ (kap·pāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan

to the poor
לֶעָנִ֑י (le·‘ā·nî)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

and reaches out
שִׁלְּחָ֥ה (šil·lə·ḥāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

her hands
וְ֝יָדֶ֗יהָ (wə·yā·ḏe·hā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

to the needy.
לָֽאֶבְיֽוֹן׃ (lā·’eḇ·yō·wn)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 34: In want, needy, poor


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