Matthew 9:23
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New International Version
When Jesus entered the synagogue leader's house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,

New Living Translation
When Jesus arrived at the official's home, he saw the noisy crowd and heard the funeral music.

English Standard Version
And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

Berean Study Bible
When Jesus entered the ruler's house, He saw the flute players and the noisy crowd.

Berean Literal Bible
And Jesus having come into the ruler's house and having seen the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

New American Standard Bible
When Jesus came into the official's house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder,

King James Bible
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Jesus came to the leader's house, He saw the flute players and a crowd lamenting loudly.

International Standard Version
When Jesus came to the official's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

NET Bible
When Jesus entered the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the disorderly crowd,

New Heart English Bible
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua came to the house of the ruler, and he saw chanters and a crowd that was upset.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus came to the [synagogue] leader's house. He saw flute players and a noisy crowd.

New American Standard 1977
And when Jesus came into the official’s house, and saw the flute-players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

King James 2000 Bible
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

American King James Version
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

American Standard Version
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute-players, and the crowd making a tumult,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a rout,

Darby Bible Translation
And when Jesus was come to the house of the ruler, and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a tumult,

English Revised Version
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute-players, and the crowd making a tumult,

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

Weymouth New Testament
Entering the Ruler's house, Jesus saw the flute-players and the crowd loudly wailing,

World English Bible
When Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd in noisy disorder,

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus having come to the house of the ruler, and having seen the minstrels and the multitude making tumult,
Study Bible
The Healing Touch of Jesus
22Jesus turned and saw her. “Take courage, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was cured from that very hour. 23When Jesus entered the ruler’s house, He saw the flute players and the noisy crowd. 24“Go away,” He told them. “The girl is not dead, but asleep.” And they laughed at Him.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 35:25
Then Jeremiah chanted a lament for Josiah. And all the male and female singers speak about Josiah in their lamentations to this day. And they made them an ordinance in Israel; behold, they are also written in the Lamentations.

Jeremiah 9:17
Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come!

Jeremiah 16:6
"Both great men and small will die in this land; they will not be buried, they will not be lamented, nor will anyone gash himself or shave his head for them.

Ezekiel 24:17
"Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men."

Acts 20:10
But Paul went down, threw himself on the young man, and embraced him. "Do not be alarmed!" he said, "He is still alive!"

Revelation 18:22
And the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will never ring out in you again. Nor will any craftsmen of any trade be found in you again, nor the sound of a millstone be heard in you again.
Treasury of Scripture

And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,

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Matthew 9:18,19 While he spoke these things to them, behold, there came a certain …

Mark 5:35-38 While he yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's …

Luke 8:49-51 While he yet spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogue's …

the minstrels.

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

2 Chronicles 35:25 And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the …

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

Mark 5:38-40 And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees …

Luke 7:32 They are like to children sitting in the marketplace, and calling …

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

(23-26) The other Gospels fill up the gap. While our Lord was speaking the words of promise to the woman, messengers came from the house of Jairus, reporting that the child was dead. They whisper to him, using the self-same words as had been used by the friends of the centurion, "Why troublest thou the Teacher any further?" And Jesus turns, and speaks words of comfort to the father's heart: "Be not afraid, only believe." They come to the house, and He suffers none to enter but the father and mother, and Peter, James, and John, who now, for the first time, are chosen from among the chosen, for the special blessedness of being with Him in the greater and more solemn moments of His ministry; and as they enter, the preparations for the funeral--always following in the East a few hours after death--are already begun. Minstrels are there, with a crowd of real or hired mourners, raising their wailing cries. And then, in the calmness of conscious power, He bids them withdraw, "for the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." To Him the death, though real, was yet but as a sleep, for He, as afterwards in the case of Lazarus (John 11:11), had come to awaken her even out of that sleep. And then, with the heartlessness and unbelief natural to hireling mourners, they "laughed Him to scorn." They were too familiar with many forms of death to be mistaken as to its outward signs. And then He entered, with the five, as before, into the chamber of death, where the body was laid out for the burial, and grasped her hands, and uttered the words, of which St. Mark gives the Aramaic form, Talitha cumi, "Damsel, I say to thee, Arise," and "immediately she arose, and walked." St. Luke, again with a touch of medical precision, reports the fact in the form, "her spirit," or "her breath, returned," and, with St. Mark, records that our Lord commanded that "something should be given her to eat." The restored life was dependent, after the supernatural work had been completed, upon natural laws, and there was the risk of renewed exhaustion. As in other cases, He charged the parents that they should not make it known. It was not good for the spiritual or the bodily life of the girl that she should be the object of the visits of an idle curiosity; and yet, in spite of the command, the fame of the act spread abroad through all that country.

Verse 23. - And. During the incident of the healing of the woman news had come (parallel passages) to the ruler that his daughter was actually dead, and that it was useless to trouble the Teacher any more. But man's extremity is ever Christ's opportunity. When Jesus came into the ruler's house. Accompanied by only Peter, James, and John (parallel passages), and the parents (Luke). And saw. Apparently from outside the room (cf. ver. 25). The minstrels; flute-players (Revised Version); τοὺς αὐλητάς. For musicians as mourners, cf. 2 Chronicles 35:25. The Mishna ('Kethub.,' 4:4: vide Lightfoot, 'Hor. Hebr.,' in loc.) says, "Even the poorest among the Israelites [his wife being dead] will afford her not less than two pipes, and one woman to make lamentation." And the people - a mere crowd (Revised Version); ὄχλος - making a noise; tumult (Revised Version). There was confusion as well as sound, as Mark indicates still more dearly. And when Jesus came into the ruler's house,.... Both Mark and Luke relate, how that before this, whilst they were in the way, and just as Christ had done speaking to the poor woman, that news was brought to the ruler, that his daughter was actually dead, and therefore need not give Jesus any further trouble; when Christ encouraged him not to be cast down at the tidings, but believe, and she should be restored again; and that he suffered none to follow him, but Peter, James, and John: and

saw the minstrels, or "pipers"; how many there were, is not known: it is certain there were more than one; and it was a rule with the (z) Jews that

"the poorest man in Israel (when his wife died) had not less , "than two pipes", and one mourning woman.''

And since this was a daughter of a ruler of the synagogue that was dead, there might be several of them. These instruments were made use of, not to remove the melancholy of surviving friends, or allay the grief of the afflicted family; but, on the contrary, to excite it: for the Jewish writers say (a), these pipes were hollow instruments, with which they made a known sound, , "to stir up lamentation and mourning": and for the same purpose, they had their mourning women, who answered to the pipe; and by their dishevelled hair, and doleful tones, moved upon the affections, and drew tears from others; and very likely are the persons, that Mark says, "wept and wailed greatly". Sometimes trumpets were made use of on these mournful occasions (b); but whether these were used only for persons more advanced in years, and pipes for younger ones, as by the Heathens (c), at least, at some times, is not certain.

And the people making a noise; the people of the house, the relations of the deceased, the neighbours, who came in on this occasion; and others, in a sort of tumult and uproar, hurrying and running about; some speaking in the praise of the dead, others lamenting her death, and others preparing things proper for the funeral; all which shew, that she was really dead: among these also, might be the mourners that made a noise for the dead;

"for since mourning was for the honour of the dead, therefore they obliged the heirs to hire mourning men, and mourning women, to mourn for the same (d).''

(z) Misn. Cetubot. c. 4. sect. 4. Maimon Ishot, c. 14. sect. 23. (a) Maimon & Bartenora in Misn. Sabbat, c. 23. sect. 4. (b) Midrash Kohelet, fol. 77. 4. (c) Vid. Kirchman. de funer. Roman. l. 2. c. 5. (d) Maimon. Hilch. Ebel, c. 12. sect. 1.9:18-26 The death of our relations should drive us to Christ, who is our life. And it is high honour to the greatest rulers to attend on the Lord Jesus; and those who would receive mercy from Christ, must honour him. The variety of methods Christ took in working his miracles, perhaps was because of the different frames and tempers of mind, which those were in who came to him, and which He who searches the heart perfectly knew. A poor woman applied herself to Christ, and received mercy from him by the way. If we do but touch, as it were, the hem of Christ's garment by living faith, our worst evils will be healed; there is no other real cure, nor need we fear his knowing things which are a grief and burden to us, but which we would not tell to any earthly friend. When Christ entered the ruler's house, he said, Give place. Sometimes, when the sorrow of the world prevails, it is difficult for Christ and his comforts to enter. The ruler's daughter was really dead, but not so to Christ. The death of the righteous is in a special manner to be looked on as only a sleep. The words and works of Christ may not at first be understood, yet they are not therefore to be despised. The people were put forth. Scorners who laugh at what they do not understand, are not proper witnesses of the wonderful works of Christ. Dead souls are not raised to spiritual life, unless Christ take them by the hand: it is done in the day of his power. If this single instance of Christ's raising one newly dead so increased his fame, what will be his glory when all that are in their graves shall hear his voice, and come forth; those that have done good to the resurrection of life, and those that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation!
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