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Mat 12:13 Stretch forth thy hand.
The phrase meaning "stretch out your hand" also means "offer food," "prostrate yourself," "extend yourself," "help others" and "go beyond words to deeds."
This phrase has a simple meaning when addressed to the crippled man, but a host of other meanings in the context of a broader lesson to his followers. that Christ wasn't speaking just to those around him in his lifetime, but to us all, even in his most basic statements.
"Stretch forth" is from a verb that means "to stretch out," but also means "to offer food," "to prostrate yourself," and "to extend."
"Hand" is cheir, which means "the hand" but has a host of meanings in Greek beyond a simple body part. It means "helping another" (like the English "lending a hand") and it means "an act or deed," especially in the sense of going beyond words.
Ἔκτεινόν (2nd sg aor imperat act) "Stretch forth" is ekteinô, which means "to stretch out," "to offer food," "to prostrate yourself," "to straighten," "spread out," to extend," "spin out, "prolong," "put forth" and, in the passive, "be unfolded," "be smoothed."
τὴν χεῖρα "Hand" is from cheir (cheir) which means "the hand and arm," and "with the help of agency of another." Like "hand" in English, it has a lot of meanings including "an act or deed," "a body of people," and the measurement "handful."
How great is a man [compared with] a sheep? Therefore, it is allowed to do what is beautiful on the Sabbath.
Which person from among you who is going to own a sheep, and, if this [sheep] might sink down into a hole, on the Sabbath, nevertheless, you are going to take control of it yourself and personally rouse [it].
This is because the one with authority over the holy day is the child of humanity.
If, however, you had learned anything, it is: "I delight in mercy and not a ceremonial victim." [Then] you might not have, in fact, passed judgment on those who are not at fault.
However, I am telling you that there is a greater sacrifice here.
Or don't you know our traditions well? That on the holy days, holy men in the holy place defile the holy day and are not the cause?
Don't you know well what David did when he and those with him were starving?
How he went into God's house and consumed the loaves for display that neither he nor those with him were allowed to consume, but only the ones consecrating [them].
So, why did you go out? To know a spokesperson for the divine? Yes, I tell you and an extreme spokesperson.
Still, what did you go out to understand? A man who wrapped himself in weakness [of debased morality]? See there! Those habitually possessing that weakness in the houses of rulers.
What did you go out into the middle of nowhere to see for yourselves? A hollow stalk trembling from the spirit?
Also, someone is lucky if they aren't tripped up [at some time] being with me.
This is because my slavery [is] beneficial. Also, my weight is buoyant.
Lift off my slavery...onto yourselves. Not only do you [then] learn from experience the fact that I am gentle and soft to the core but you are also going to discover a breathing space for the benefit of your minds.
Wealthy [are] the gentle ones because they are going to take possession of the planet.
Over here toward me! All those growing tired and those who have burdened yourselves! I will make you stop! (I will relieve you!)
In every way, it [happiness] has been given to me by my Father and no one recognizes the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone recognize the Father except the Son and the one to whom the Son might prefer to show himself.
This here is the work of God that you might rely on whoever that Person [God] has sent.
Yes, Father, because this is how happiness creates itself in front of you.
I acknowledge myself to you, Father, master of the universe and the planet. This is because you have kept these secrets from those skilled and educated and you have not kept their true nature secret from childishly silly.
Also you, Capernaum, you aren't going to want to be lifted up to the sky? You are going to bring yourself down to the netherworld. This is because if the powers, the ones bringing themselves into being within you, had come into being in Sodom, it would remain until today.
Except I tell you: For Tyre and Sidon, it is going to be more bearable in a time of crisis than for you.
Too bad for you, Chorazin! Too bad for you, Bethsaida! If the powers, the ones coming into being in you, had come into being in Tyre and Sidon, they would have long ago re-evaluated their thinking in mourning.
The Child of Humanity started out eating and drinking and they are saying, "Look at the man! A pig and a boozer! Beloved by tax collectors and troublemakers! And wisdom is corrected by her children.
This is because John started out neither eating [away at things] nor drinking [celebrating things], so they claim, that he is crazy.
They recite: When we played music for you, you just didn't dance. When we sang a sad song, you didn't just cry.
To what, however, am I going to compare this society? It is like teens hanging out in the square issuing orders to friends.
If you can understand, listen!
And, if it pleases you to welcome him, this is Elias, the one being destined to arrive.
This is because the oracles and the traditions until John interpreted for God.