She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20
I was reading in Proverbs the other day and paused when I came to this verse. The Holy Spirit prompted me to do some "digging deeper," so I began to look at that verse. Immediately I noticed a few words: "hand," "poor," "hands," and "needy." In our modern language, we think of poor and needy as being "one in the same." But the Lord has hidden something special for us.
Look at the word "hand"---"she stretcheth out her HAND." The Hebrew word for hand is: kaphaph~ which means "hollow or flat of the hand, palm."
The word "poor" in Hebrew is: anah, which describes someone who is afflicted or depressed, brought "low" or "humbled."
Things began to get interesting when I looked up the word "HANDS"---plural. The form of this word is referring to an OPEN hand, as opposed to the first "hand" in the verse--which depicts a closed hand.
A discouraged or depressed person needs someone to walk with them, hand in hand, by their side, to minister to their emotional needs. While walking hand in hand with this "poor-in-spirit" person, the virtuous woman sees them through the eyes of her Father, and will point them to Him..for only He can truly meet their deepest need in such dark and discouraging times.
|Her hands are an extension of the Father's.|
|"Is there anything I can do for you?"|