When Jesus again crossed the Sea of Galilee in a boat to the other side, a large crowd had gathered to meet him; so he stayed beside the sea. One of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came up, and, on seeing Jesus, fell at his feet and earnestly begged him, saying, |My little daughter is dying; come, I beg of you, and place your hands on her that she may be cured and live.| So Jesus went with him, and a great crowd followed and pressed about him.
In the crowd was a woman who had suffered from hemorrhage for twelve years and had been treated by many physicians, spending all that she had, yet was none the better, but rather had grown worse. Having heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his robe, for she said to herself, |If I can but touch his garments, I shall be cured.|
[Illustration: Raising the Daughter of Jairus
Painted by Leon Gerome]
Immediately the hemorrhage stopped, and she knew that she was cured of her disease. Jesus, knowing at once that healing power had gone from him, turned around in the crowd and said, |Who touched my garments?| His disciples said to him, |You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet do you ask, 'Who touched me?'| But still he looked for her who had done this, until the woman, frightened and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came forward and fell down before him and told him the truth. He said to her, |Daughter, your faith has cured you. Go and live in peace, and be healed of your disease.|
While Jesus was still speaking, messengers came from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying, |Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master further?| But Jesus, overhearing the message, said to the ruler of the synagogue, |Have no fear, only trust.|
Jesus would allow no one to go with him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. When they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he found a crowd of people weeping aloud and wailing. Entering, Jesus said to them, |Why are you making an uproar and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep.| And they laughed at him scornfully. But he sent them out and took the father and mother of the child and those who were with him into the room where she was. Then, taking her by the hand, he said to her, |Talitha koumi,| which means, |Little girl, arise.| To the astonishment of all, the little girl (who was twelve years of age) got up at once and walked about. But Jesus charged them strictly to let no one know of this, and told them to give the little girl something to eat.