53. Awakening Jairus’ Daughter
35While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?”
36But ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Fear not, only believe.” 37And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he saw a tumult, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a tumult and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.”a
40And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi”; which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
42And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age) and they were overcome with amazement. 43And he strictly charged them that no one should know this and told them to give her something to eat.
a “The child is not dead but sleeping.”—Although the crowd of mourners at Jairus' house thought the girl had died, Jesus here specifically states that the girl is not dead, but only sleeping. Perhaps she had slipped into a coma following a serious illness and Jesus brought her out of it.
Mk. 5:36 synagogue, “Fear not, only (ASV) / synagogue, “Do not fear, only (RSV)
Mk. 5:42 were overcome / were immediately overcome (RSV) (152:1/1699)