They entered the leader's house and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and neighbors bringing in casseroles.
Jesus was abrupt: "Why all this busybody grief and gossip? This child isn't dead; she's sleeping."
Provoked to sarcasm, they told him he didn't know what he was talking about.
He clasped the girl's hand and said, "Talitha koum," which means, "Little girl, get up."
At that, she was up and walking around! This girl was twelve years of age. They, of course, were all beside themselves with joy.
He gave them strict orders that no one was to know what had taken place in that room. Then he said, "Give her something to eat."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)