“Then Jesus said
To the man.
‘Stretch out your hand.’
He stretched it out.
It was restored,
As sound as the other.”
τότε λέγει τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ Ἔκτεινόν σου τὴν χεῖρα. καὶ ἐξέτεινεν, καὶ ἀπεκατεστάθη ὑγιὴς ὡς ἡ ἄλλη.
Matthew has Jesus cure the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. This is similar to Mark, chapter 3:5, and Luke, chapter 6:10. After this discussion about the Sabbath, Jesus said to the man with the withered hand (τότε λέγει τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ) to stretch out his hand (Ἔκτεινόν σου τὴν χεῖρα). He then stretched out or extended his hand (καὶ ἐξέτεινεν). It was restored, so that it was just like his other hand (καὶ ἀπεκατεστάθη ὑγιὴς ὡς ἡ ἄλλη). After all this discussion, Jesus finally healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath.
“Stretch out your hand to the poor.
Thus your blessing may be complete.
Give graciously to all the living.
Do not withhold kindness
Even from the dead.
Do not avoid
Those who weep.
But mourn with those who mourn.
Do not hesitate to visit the sick.
Because for such deeds
You will be loved.
In all you do,
Remember the end of your life.
Then you will never sin.”
Sirach has some recommendations for how to deal with the downtrodden and what the consequences are. First, stretch out your hand to the poor and your blessings will be complete. Be kind and gracious to all the living as well. Secondly, you should be kind to the dead, but it is not clear what is meant here. Thirdly, you should comfort and mourn with those who are weeping and mourning. Fourthly, you should visit the sick because you will be loved for that. Finally, you should remember the end of your life to help you avoid sin. Once again, this is not a clear indication of an afterlife, but a hint at it.