Luke 8:53

53 They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.

Luke 8:53 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 8:53

And they laughed him to scorn
The servants, neighbours, and relations, the pipers, and mourning women: these, from weeping for the dead, fell to laughing at Christ, having him and his words in the utmost derision:

knowing that she was dead:
some of them having been employed in laying her out, and all of them having seen her, and were satisfied, and thoroughly assured, that she was actually dead, as ever any person was, as she doubtless was; but they were ignorant in what sense Christ meant she was not dead, but asleep; (See Gill on Matthew 9:24). (See Gill on Mark 5:39).

Luke 8:53 In-Context

51 Going into the house, he wouldn't let anyone enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child's parents.
52 Everyone was crying and carrying on over her. Jesus said, "Don't cry. She didn't die; she's sleeping."
53 They laughed at him. They knew she was dead.
54 Then Jesus, gripping her hand, called, "My dear child, get up."
55 She was up in an instant, up and breathing again! He told them to give her something to eat.
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