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

Darby Bible Translation
She stretcheth out her hand to the afflicted, and 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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor -

11. She is truly charitable. She knows that in every portion of a man's gain God requires a lot for the poor; and if this is not given, God's blessing is not in the rest. And she is not contented to give common alms. While with one hand (יד yad) she relieves the general poor, with both hands (ידיה yadeyha) she gives to the needy, לעני leaney, to the afflicted poor.

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.

The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Romans 12:13
Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Ephesians 4:28
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Deuteronomy 15:11
There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Job 31:16
"If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,

Proverbs 22:9
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Proverbs 31:19
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

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