What does Mark 5:34 mean?
ESV: And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
NIV: He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'
NASB: And He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be cured of your disease.'
CSB: "Daughter," he said to her, "your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be healed from your affliction."
NLT: And he said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.'
KJV: And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.
NKJV: And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Verse Commentary:
The woman with an issue of blood reached out to Jesus' cloak for healing, but did so secretly, in fear she would be humiliated and shamed or that she would disgrace Jesus with her touch. He calls her to step forth, anyway, and she responds by telling Him, and the crowd, everything.

"Disease" is from the Greek root word mastix, which gives the idea of being whipped or scourged as a punishment for disobedience. The Jews saw personal tragedy and illness as a reaction from God for personal sinfulness. The woman is destitute and most likely in pain because of her disease (Mark 5:26). But to add insult to injury, she has also spent the last twelve years unclean, unable to go to the temple or even be around other people without passing her uncleanness to them.

Jesus does not shame her. Instead, He gives her more gifts than she could have imagined.

First, Jesus calls her "daughter." She is the only person in the New Testament to be called daughter by Jesus. Moments before, a respected synagogue leader had prostrated himself before Jesus, begging Him to save his deathly ill daughter. This woman apparently has no champion to speak for her. So, Jesus stops what He is doing and takes the time to make sure she realizes: He is her champion. She is now under His care and protection. He will not cheat her like the "healers" who pointlessly took her money (Mark 5:26). He will not abase her, like she expects. He will claim her as His own.

Next, He affirms and commends her faith to the crowd. We don't know how much of her confidence in Jesus' power was tainted by pagan magical beliefs, but Jesus doesn't care. Her faith might not have been perfect, but it was aimed at the right target: God and His promises. She sees Jesus, she knows she needs Him, and she has the boldness to claim Him.

Although the woman is healed—she feels it in her body (Mark 5:29)—Jesus relieves her of the burden of having to prove her health. He announces it to the crowd so that everyone will know. He also uses her as an example. Many people are pushing Him, trying to touch Him and receive healing. Jesus clearly states that it is the woman's faith that healed her, not her touch.

Finally, He gives her peace. The phrase "go in peace" is used often in the Old Testament as a blessing on another's actions and intent (Exodus 4:18; Judges 18:6; 1 Samuel 1:17; 20:42). Peace is from the Greek root word eirene and means harmony, security, safety, prosperity, and the tranquility of being right with God. He blesses and affirms the action that has left her in fear. Not only is she right that she will be healed, she is right for seeking healing despite her dishonor.

The woman with the issue of blood shows us that no matter what we need healing from, Jesus is not ashamed to respond. The length of our suffering, the social pariah we may have become because of it, the indignity of our physical condition—Jesus doesn't care. He may not heal us physically, but if we reach out to Him in faith, He is always willing to claim us as His own.
Verse Context:
Mark 5:25–34 interrupts a depiction of Jesus healing a synagogue leader's daughter. Before He can get through the crowd, He feels power flowing out of Him. A woman who has been hemorrhaging for twelve years touches His robe and God heals her. This passage shows that God is sovereign over our distractions; He will sometimes give us important work in the midst of other tasks. It also shows that we are not a nuisance to Him. He always has time for us. This account is also found in Matthew 9:20–22 and Luke 8:43–48.
Chapter Summary:
Jesus arrives on the other side of the Sea of Galilee and heals a man afflicted by a ''legion'' of demons. In the aftermath of this event, Jesus once again crosses the waters within this region, known as the Decapolis. There, He is approached by a synagogue leader, begging Him to come and save a dying girl. In the midst of this trip, Jesus stops the crowd to identify a woman who attempted to covertly touch his robes; her faithful act results in healing. Jesus then continues on to the home of the synagogue leader and resurrects his recently-deceased child.
Chapter Context:
Mark 4:35—5:43 sees an increase in the scope of Jesus' miracles. He has just calmed a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee. Now, He expels a legion of demons, heals a woman without overtly acting, and brings a girl back to life. All three situations—related to tombs, blood, and death—show Jesus bringing healing to unclean circumstances. In chapter 6, the tone of His ministry will develop. He will be rejected by those who should know Him best, He will send out His followers to do His work, and His direct link to the Old Testament prophets will be explained.
Book Summary:
The Gospel of Mark emphasizes both Jesus' servanthood and His role as the promised Messiah: the Son of God. This is done through a concise, action-packed style. Mark provides relatively few details, instead focusing on actions and simple statements. This relates to the Gospel's authorship, which is believed to be based on the memories of the apostle Peter. These include many of Jesus' miracles, in contrast to other Gospels which include many more of Jesus' teachings and parables. Mark also makes frequent mention of Jesus' ministry being misunderstood by others.
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