9:20 But 1 a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage 2 for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge 3 of his cloak. 4 9:21 For she kept saying to herself, 5 “If only I touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 6 9:22 But when Jesus turned and saw her he said, “Have courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” 7 And the woman was healed 8 from that hour.
2 sn Suffering from a hemorrhage. The woman was most likely suffering from a vaginal hemorrhage which would make her ritually unclean.
3 sn The edge of his cloak refers to the kraspedon, the blue tassel on the garment that symbolized a Jewish man’s obedience to the law (cf. Num 15:37-41). The woman thus touched the very part of Jesus’ clothing that indicated his ritual purity.
4 tn Grk “garment,” but here ἱμάτιον (Jimation) denotes the outer garment in particular.
5 tn The imperfect verb is here taken iteratively, for the context suggests that the woman was trying to find the courage to touch Jesus’ cloak.
6 tn Grk “saved.”
sn In this pericope the author uses a term for being healed (Grk “saved”) that would have spiritual significance to his readers. It may be a double entendre (cf. parallel in Mark 5:28 which uses the same term), since elsewhere he uses verbs that simply mean “heal”: If only the reader would “touch” Jesus, he too would be “saved.”
7 tn Or “has delivered you”; Grk “has saved you.” This should not be understood as an expression for full salvation in the immediate context; it refers only to the woman’s healing.
8 tn Grk “saved.”