Mark 5:38
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New International Version
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.

New Living Translation
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing.

English Standard Version
They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.

Berean Study Bible
When they arrived at the house of Jairus, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly.

Berean Literal Bible
And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and He beholds a commotion, and much weeping and wailing.

New American Standard Bible
They came to the house of the synagogue official; and He saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing.

King James Bible
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They came to the leader's house, and He saw a commotion--people weeping and wailing loudly.

International Standard Version
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw mass confusion. People were crying and sobbing loudly.

NET Bible
They came to the house of the synagogue ruler where he saw noisy confusion and people weeping and wailing loudly.

New Heart English Bible
And they came to the synagogue ruler's house, and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they came to The Chief of the assembly's house and he saw those who were disturbed and weeping and wailing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a noisy crowd there. People were crying and sobbing loudly.

New American Standard 1977
And they came to the house of the synagogue official; and He beheld a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they came to the house of the prince of the synagogue and saw the tumult and those that wept and wailed greatly.

King James 2000 Bible
And he came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

American King James Version
And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

American Standard Version
And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholdeth a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he seeth a tumult, and people weeping and wailing much.

Darby Bible Translation
And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and people weeping and wailing greatly.

English Revised Version
And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholdeth a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

Weymouth New Testament
So they come to the Warden's house. Here He gazes on a scene of uproar, with people weeping aloud and wailing.

World English Bible
He came to the synagogue ruler's house, and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing.

Young's Literal Translation
and he cometh to the house of the chief of the synagogue, and seeth a tumult, much weeping and wailing;
Study Bible
The Healing Touch of Jesus
37And He did not allow anyone to accompany Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38When they arrived at the house of Jairus, Jesus saw the commotion and the people weeping and wailing loudly. 39He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep.”…
Cross References
Matthew 9:18
While Jesus was saying these things, a synagogue ruler came and knelt before Him. "My daughter has just died," he said. "But come and place Your hand on her, and she will live."

Mark 5:22
A synagogue leader named Jairus arrived, and seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet

Mark 5:39
He went inside and asked, "Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep."
Treasury of Scripture

And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

and seeth.

Jeremiah 9:17-20 Thus said the LORD of hosts, Consider you, and call for the mourning …

Matthew 9:23,24 And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels …

Matthew 11:17 And saying, We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have …

Luke 8:52,53 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not …

Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought …

(38) Wailed greatly.--The word used is the same as that in 1Corinthians 13:1, in connection with the "tinkling" (or better, clanging) sound of a cymbal, and, formed as it is from an interjection, alala, is applied to the inarticulate cries either of despair or victory.

Verse 38. - St. Matthew here says (Matthew 9:23) that when Jesus came into the ruler's house, he" saw the minstrels (τοὺς αὐλητὰς)," i.e. the flute-players, "and the people making a noise." This was the custom both with Jews and with Gentiles, to quicken the sorrow of the mourners by funeral dirges. The record of these attendant circumstances is important as evidence of the fact of death having actually taken place. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue,.... Along with him, and the three disciples above mentioned; and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions read, "and they came", the above persons:

and seeing the tumult; the throng and crowd of people, of relations, friends, neighbours, and acquaintance, on this occasion, all in a hurry, and in one motion or another, expressing their concern by words and gestures.

And them that wept and wailed bitterly; the mourning women, the same with the "preficae" of the Romans, who sung mournful songs, and made hideous noises, being hired for this purpose; as also those who played doleful tunes on musical instruments; See Gill on Matthew 9:23. 38. And he cometh—rather, "they come."

to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly—"the minstrels and the people making a noise" (Mt 9:23)—lamenting for the dead. (See 2Ch 35:25; Jer 9:20; Am 5:16).5:35-43 We may suppose Jairus hesitating whether he should ask Christ to go on or not, when told that his daughter was dead. But have we not as much occasion for the grace of God, and the comfort of his Spirit, for the prayers of our ministers and Christian friends, when death is in the house, as when sickness is there? Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear at such a time. Believe the resurrection, then fear not. He raised the dead child to life by a word of power. Such is the gospel call to those who are by nature dead in trespasses and sins. It is by the word of Christ that spiritual life is given. All who saw it, and heard of it, admired the miracle, and Him that wrought it. Though we cannot now expect to have our dead children or relatives restored, we may hope to find comfort under our trials.
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