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“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.”

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Proverbs 31:19 Translation & Meaning

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She layeth שִׁלְּחָ֣ה To send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications) layeth
her hands יָ֭דֶיהָ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hands
to the spindle, בַכִּישׁ֑וֹר Literally a director, i.e., the spindle or shank of a distaff, by which it is twirled spindle
and her hands וְ֝כַפֶּ֗יהָ The hollow hand or palm (so of the paw of an animal, of the sole, and even of the bowl of a dish or sling, the handle of a bolt, the leaves of a palm-tree); figuratively, power hands
hold תָּ֣מְכוּ To sustain; by implication, to obtain, keep fast; figuratively, to help, follow close hold
the distaff. פָֽלֶךְ׃ A circuit (i.e., district); also a spindle (as whirled); hence, a crutch distaff

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  • 17  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

  • 18  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

  • 19  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

  • 20  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

  • 21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.


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