New American Standard Bible
He said, "Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep." And they began laughing at Him.
King James Bible
He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
Darby Bible Translation
he said, Withdraw, for the damsel is not dead, but sleeps. And they derided him.
World English Bible
he said to them, "Make room, because the girl isn't dead, but sleeping." They were ridiculing him.
Young's Literal Translation
he saith to them, 'Withdraw, for the damsel did not die, but doth sleep,' and they were deriding him;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The maid is not dead, but sleepeth - It cannot be supposed that our Lord means "literally" to say that the child was not dead.
Every possible evidence of her death had been given, and he acted on that himself, and conveyed to the people the idea that he raised her "from the dead." He meant to speak in opposition to their opinions. It is not unlikely that Jairus and the people favored the opinions of the Sadducees, and that "they" understood by her being dead that she had "ceased to be," and that she would never be raised up again. In opposition to this, the Saviour used the expression "she sleepeth;" affirming mildly both that the "body" was dead, and "implying" that "her spirit" still lived, and that she would be raised up again. A similar mode of speaking occurs in John 11:11 "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth." The sacred writers often spoke of the pious dead as "sleeping," 2 Peter 3:4; Acts 7:60; 1 Corinthians 15:6, 1 Corinthians 15:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15. The meaning of this passage, then, is, the maid has not ceased to "exist;" but, though her body is dead, yet her spirit lives, and she sleeps in the hope of the resurrection.
Laughed him to scorn - Derided him; ridiculed him.
LibraryA Christlike Judgment of Men
'But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.' --MATT. ix. 36. In the course of our Lord's wandering life of teaching and healing, there had naturally gathered around Him a large number of persons who followed Him from place to place, and we have here cast into a symbol the impression produced upon Him by their outward condition. That is to say, He sees them lying there weary, and footsore, and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Call of Matthew
The Call of Matthew.
"I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.
They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child's father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was.
And they began laughing at Him, knowing that she had died.
Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.
But Paul went down and fell upon him, and after embracing him, he said, "Do not be troubled, for his life is in him."
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