Jesus spoke to this little girl in Aramaic. The words recorded by Mark were probably taken from Peter’s own eyewitness account. Mark, remembering his audience, translated the words for his readers.
Mark 5:40b-43But he, having put them all out, took the father of the child, her mother, and those who were with him, and went in where the child was lying. 41Taking the child by the hand, he said to her, “Talitha cumi!” which means, being interpreted, “Girl, I tell you, get up!” 42Immediately the girl rose up and walked, for she was twelve years old. They were amazed with great amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.
The phrase, “Talitha cumi” were simple words that a parent would often use to wake a child in the morning. Luke omits the Aramaic phrase, and simply translates the words as "Child, arise!"
Luke 8:53-56They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead. 54But he put them all outside, and taking her by the hand, he called, saying, “Child, arise!” 55Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat. 56Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.
Witnesses knew that the girl was dead (Luke 8:53). He also wrote that, “her spirit returned” (Luke 8:55). Death is a separation of the body and the spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
Matthew 9:23-24But when the crowd was put out, he entered in, took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26The report of this went out into all that land.
The girl was immediately well enough to get up “at once” (Luke 8:54). When Jesus healed someone, the results were immediate. Peter’s mother in law (Luke 4:38-39), the paralytic (Luke 5:18-26), and many others were immediately well. They did not need time to recouperate. When Jesus healed someone the cure was immediate and complete.
Jesus did not want this widely reported. This may have been to protect the little girl and her parents. When Jesus raised Lazarus, the Jews sought to kill Lazarus, “because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus” (John 12:10-11).
- Matthew 9:18-26
- Mark 5:21-43
- Luke 8:42-56
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible.