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Matthew 9:23

And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
And when Jesus . saw the minstrels. It was a custom among the Jews at funerals to hire persons to make some doleful music, and great lamentations. (Witham) Ovid also mentions the lugubrious music attendant on funerals. Cantabat moestis tibia funeribus. (4. Fast.)

Peter Chrysologus

AD 450
Christ reaches the house and sees the girl who appears to be dead. In order to move faithless hearts to faith, he says that the ruler’s daughter is sleeping and is not dead. Ostensibly it is not easier to rise from death than to rise from sleep. So he says, “The girl is asleep, not dead.” With God, indeed, death is sleep, for God can bring a dead person back to life sooner than a sleeping person can be wakened from sleep by humans; and God can sooner restore lifegiving warmth to limbs frozen in death than humans can infuse vigor in bodies immersed in sleep. Hear the words of the apostle: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye the dead shall rise.” Because the blessed apostle was unable to refer to the speed of the resurrection in words, he opted for examples. How could he touch upon rapidity when divine power anticipates rapidity itself? And how does time enter the picture when something eternal is given outside of time? Even as time applies to temporality, so does eternity exclude t...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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