Jesus heals a little girl and a suffering woman

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An interesting pair of miracles is linked in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. A ruler asked Jesus to heal his little girl. While Jesus walked to this man's house, a suffering woman touched Jesus' clothes and was healed. Afterwards, when Jesus entered the ruler's house, he healed the little girl.

This article explores these events as recorded in all three gospels, and offers some helpful insights. Since Mark's account provides more details concerning these miracles, his work is presented first.

You can compare the parallel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Jairus asks for help

Jesus sailed from Gennessaret "to his own city" of Capernaum (Matthew 9:1). He was met by Jairus, a synagogue ruler.

Mark 5:21-24

When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side, a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea. 22Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, 23and begged him much, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made healthy, and live.” 24He went with him, and a great multitude followed him, and they pressed upon him on all sides.

Matthew 9:18-19

While he told these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.” 19Jesus got up and followed him, as did his disciples.

Jairus knelt at Jesus' feet and implored him. Luke relates that she was his only child, and was about 12 years old.

Luke 8:40-42

When Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 Behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and begged him to come into his house, 42for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.


When Jesus began his ministry his "home town" became Capernaum. He probably stayed in the home of Peter (Matthew 8:14-16).

The elders of the synagogue in Capernaum previously approached Jesus to petition on behalf of a Roman Centurion whose servant was sick. The Centurion had built that synagogue (Luke 7:1-10).


  • Matthew 9:18-26
  • Mark 5:21-43
  • Luke 8:42-56
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Scripture quotations from the World English Bible.