Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Daughter of Jairus

And it came to pass when Jesus returned, the people gladly received him, for they were all waiting for him. And he came into his own city. And behold there cometh unto him one of the rulers, a man named Jairus. He had one only daughter about twelve years of age, and she lay a-dying. And when he saw Jesus he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, "My little daughter lieth at the point of death. I pray thee come and lay thy hand on her, that she may be healed and she shall live."

And Jesus went with him, and much people followed him and thronged him. And a woman which had been ill twelve years, and had suffered many things of many doctors, and had spent all that she had and was nothing better, but rather grew worse, when she heard of Jesus, came behind him and touched the hem of his garment; for she said within herself, "If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole"; and the woman was made whole from that hour.

And Jesus said, "Who touched me?"

Peter and they that were with him said, "Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, 'Who touched me?'"

And Jesus said, "Somebody hath touched me, for virtue is gone out of me."

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, "Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."

And while he yet spake there cometh one from the ruler's house saying, "Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master."

As soon as Jesus had heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler, "Be not afraid, only believe, and she shall be made whole."

And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter and James and John, and the father and mother of the maiden. And he seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly, and the minstrels and the people making a noise. And when he was come in he saith unto them, "Why make ye this ado and weep? Give place, for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth."

And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, "Maid, arise."

And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway. And he commanded that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were astonished; but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying and saying, "Thou Son of David, have mercy on us."

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came unto him.

And Jesus saith unto them, "Believe ye that I am able to do this?"

They said unto him, "Yea, Lord."

Then touched he their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it unto you."

And their eyes were opened, and Jesus charged them saying, "See that no man know it."

But they spread abroad his fame in all that country.