Matthew 9:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 9:25, NIV: After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.

Matthew 9:25, ESV: But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.

Matthew 9:25, KJV: But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.

Matthew 9:25, NASB: But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.

Matthew 9:25, NLT: After the crowd was put outside, however, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up!

Matthew 9:25, CSB: After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up.

What does Matthew 9:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has come to the home of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue. Jairus asked Jesus to come and make his sick 12–year-old daughter well (Matthew 9:18–19; Mark 5:21–24). By the time Jesus and the disciples arrived, the girl was reportedly dead, and a group of professional mourners was already playing flutes and wailing. Jesus told them to go away because the girl was only sleeping (Matthew 9:23–24).

The crowd of mourners was ushered out of the house. We know from Luke that only five people remained inside with Him: Peter, James, John, and the girl's parents (Luke 8:51). Now Jesus goes to the girl and takes her by the hand. Mark reports that He spoke to her, saying "Talitha cumi," meaning "little girl, I say to you arise" (Mark 5:41). The girl did exactly that.

By touching a dead body, Jesus would have become ceremonially unclean under the law for seven days (Numbers 19:11–21). But since the girl immediately returned to life, He was not guilty of touching a corpse. Jesus repeatedly uses His power to restore cleanness to those who were unclean under the law.