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Jairus' Daughter

Jairus' Daughter (pt.2)

When Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him.

When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

Behold, a man named Jairus came. He was a ruler of the synagogue.

He said to her, “Daughter, cheer up. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” While he still spoke, one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house came, saying to him,

He fell down at Jesus’ feet, and begged him to come into his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

“Your daughter is dead. Don’t trouble the Teacher.” But Jesus hearing it, answered him, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed.”

But as he went, the multitudes pressed against him.

When he came to the house, he didn’t allow anyone to enter in, except Peter, John, James, the father of the child, and her mother.

A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians and could not be healed by any came behind him, and touched the fringe of his cloak.

All were weeping and mourning her, but he said, “Don’t weep. She isn’t dead, but sleeping.” They were ridiculing him, knowing that she was dead. But he put them all outside,

Immediately the flow of her blood stopped. Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes press and jostle you, and you say, ‘Who touched me?’” But Jesus said, “Someone did touch me, for I perceived that power has gone out of me.”

and taking her by the hand, he called, saying, “Child, arise!” Her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. He commanded that something be given to her to eat.

When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared to him in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

Her parents were amazed, but he commanded them to tell no one what had been done.

Jairus’ Daughter (parallel)


Jairus’ Daughter (parallel)

The Story of Jairus: in Parallel.

Jairus' Daughter pt.2Jairus' DaughterIn the first story of Jairus’ daughter, I shared the process I follow to uncover a passage’s design. There’s another technique I use: scripture wrapping around and its design beginning again. The Jairus story is an interesting example.

Look at the two halves of this story, side by side. The passage on the left begins at verse 40. The word-wrap parallel on the right begins at verse 47.

All the People

Jesus returns and all are waiting for him. The woman sees she is not hidden, and declares to all the people how she was healed. The first and second halves of the story connect.

Ruler of the Synagogue

The first half mentions Jairus is a ruler of the synagogue. Later, in Luke 8:49, someone comes from the “ruler of the synagogue house” to tell Jairus his daughter is dead. The original language for “synagogue’s house” is a single word: “archisynagōgou”. It means, the “ruler of the synagogue.”

This is a clear example of scripture wrapping around, and its design beginning again. The ruler of the synagogue in verse 41 has a wrap-around parallel in verse 49.


The next connection is about the daughter. In verse 42, Jairus falls at Jesus’ feet because his daughter is dying.

In verse 49, someone comes and tells Jairus his daughter is dead. Jesus encourages them to believe, so that she may be healed.

I overlooked this nuance before. In both cases, the woman who’s bleeding and the daughter who’s dying need healing.

Main Entrance

In verse 42, Jesus “went” which means to “go out” or “bring.” The wrap-around parallel is in verse 51 where Jesus comes to the house, and doesn’t allow anyone to enter except a few disciples and the child’s parents.

Design-wise, this is the main entrance to the city, as described in the City of Light parallel.


In the next place, a woman approaches Jesus who could not otherwise be healed. She is dying. Jesus enters the house, where all are weeping and mourning. Jairus’ daughter is dead.

This is a mirror of the place opposite the entrance. See the Dying subhead above. There is also an interesting reference to Jesus “putting them all outside.” Many versions of the bible don’t have these words, but they can be found in some original manuscripts.

Revelations describes a place profane, “outside” the entrance. Here is a clear connection.


The next connection was tricky to find, and I missed it the first time I studied this passage. Immediately, the woman is healed. Jesus takes the dead girl by the hand and commands her to rise up. Immediately, she rises.

The parallel in the Shepherd birth scene describes, “suddenly, there was with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host. The connection is the immediacy of Jesus’ actions, and its result.


The parallel ends with a woman, seeing she is not hidden, declaring to all that she has been healed. The other passage ends with parents amazed that their daughter, who was dead, is now alive. In both cases, it reveals something astonishing.

Mysteriously, on the left, the woman who touched Jesus’ cloak gives testimony of how she was healed. In the other, on the right, Jesus commands them to tell no one what’s been done.

Perhaps at the time, a healing was more believable than a resurrection. After Jesus’ resurrection, that is no longer the case.


As I’ve mentioned in another story, the bible does not appear to be linear. It’s not a big, long book. Rather, it appears to be written in loops, where scripture wraps around on itself and its design begins again.

The loops provide another technique I use to uncover the design of scripture. They typically occur every 3 to 5 verses. The two halves of the Jairus’ daughter story, side by side, show you how it works. makes it easy to compare passages this way, including what comes before it or after it. Or, to compare two passages from entirely different parts of the bible. It provides an entirely new way to interact with and understand the bible.

None of this would be possible without the underlying design of scripture. Decide for yourself, but to me, it’s nothing short of amazing.

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