And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.…
Some criticise her faith unfavourably, as if she had a superstitious belief in Christ's clothes. Superstition does not act as she did. Her faith was that Christ's anointing, like Aaron's, goes to the skirts of His garments. One less believing would have sunk, murmuring in despair, quoting dismal proverbs about misfortunes never coming single, and feeling that in her disease, poverty, shame, loneliness, she was specially ill-used by God. Or, if not despairing altogether, feeble faith would have faced Christ, and displayed at large all her claims for help, dwelling on the length of her sorrow, and on the fortune vainly spent in endeavouring to regain her health. But calm, trustful, feeling Christ so willing and so strong to help that there is no reluctance in His heart, she ventures all on a touch of faith. There is a heroism here worthy of Abraham. Full of this faith, she elbows her way through the crowd, and finding the blue hem of Christ's garment within her reach, quietly — so that none observe her — she touches it; and at once a swift, gentle tide of health flushes through all her frame, and she feels she has got what she desired.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.