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Mat 12:13 Stretch forth your hand.

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."

σου  "Thy" is from sou which means "you" and "your."

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."

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Mat 12:12 How much better then is a man

How great is a man [compared with] a sheep? Therefore, it is allowed to do what is beautiful on the Sabbath. 

Mat 12:11 What man is there among you, if he has one sheep,

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].

Mat 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord

This is because the one with authority over the holy day is the child of humanity.

Mat 12:7 ...I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,

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.

Mat 12:6 ...That in this place is [one] greater than the temple.

However, I am telling you that there is a greater sacrifice here.

Mat 12:5 Or have you not read in the law,

 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? 

Mat 12:3 Have you not read what David did,

 Don't you know well what David did when he and those with him were starving? 

Mat 12:4 How he entered into the house of God,

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]. 

Mat 11:9 But what did you go out to see?

 So, why did you go out? To know a spokesperson for the divine? Yes, I tell you and an extreme spokesperson. 

Mat 11:8 But what did you go out to see?

 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. 

Mat 11:7 What did you go out into the wilderness to see?

 What did you go out into the middle of nowhere to see for yourselves? A hollow stalk trembling from the spirit? 

Mat 11:6 And blessed is [he], whoever shall not be offended by me.

Also, someone is lucky if they aren't tripped up [at some time] being with me. 

Mat 11:30 For my yoke [is] easy,

 This is because my slavery [is] beneficial. Also, my weight is buoyant.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you,

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.

Mat 5:5 Blessed [are] the meek...

 Wealthy [are] the gentle ones because they are going to take possession of the planet. 

Mat 11:28 Come to me, all who labor

 Over here toward me! All those growing tired and those who have burdened yourselves! I will make you stop! (I will relieve you!)

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered to me

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. 

Jhn 6:29 This is the work of God

 This here is the work of God  that you might rely on whoever that Person [God] has sent. 

Mat 11:26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good

 Yes, Father, because this is how happiness creates itself in front of you. 

Mat 11:25 I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things

 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.

Mat 11:23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted unto heaven,

 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.  

Mat 11:22 But I tell you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre

 Except I tell you: For Tyre and Sidon, it is going to be more bearable in a time of crisis than for you.  

Mat 11:21 Woe unto you, Chorazin!

 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. 

Mat 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking,

 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. 

Mat 11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking,

 This is because John started out neither eating [away at things] nor drinking [celebrating things], so they claim, that he is crazy.

Mat 11:17 And saying, We have piped to you,

 They recite: When we played music for you, you just didn't dance. When we sang a sad song, you didn't just cry. 

Mat 11:16 To what shall I compare this generation?

 To what, however, am I going to compare this society? It is like teens hanging out in the square issuing orders to friends. 

Mat 11:15 He who has ears to hear,

If you can understand, listen! 

Mat 11:14 And if you will receive [it], this is Elijah,

 And, if it pleases you to welcome him, this is Elias, the one being destined to arrive. 

Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied

 This is because the oracles and the traditions until John interpreted for God.