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Mark 5:26

    Mark 5:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And had undergone much at the hands of a number of medical men, and had given all she had, and was no better, but even worse,

    Webster's Revision

    and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

    World English Bible

    and had suffered many things by many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

    Clarke's Commentary on Mark 5:26

    Had suffered many things of many physicians, - and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse - No person will wonder at this account, when he considers the therapeutics of the Jewish physicians in reference to hemorrhages, especially of the kind with which this woman was afflicted.

    Rabbi Jochanan says: "Take of gum Alexandria, of alum, and of crocus hortensis, the weight of a zuzee each; let them be bruised together, and given in wine to the woman that hath an issue of blood. But if this fail, "Take of Persian onions nine logs, boil them in wine, and give it to her to drink: and say, Arise from thy flux. But should this fail, "Set her in a place where two ways meet, and let her hold a cup of wine in her hand; and let somebody come behind and affright her, and say, Arise from thy flux. But should this do no good, "Take a handful of cummin and a handful of crocus, and a handful of faenu-greek; let these be boiled, and given her to drink, and say, Arise from thy flux. But should this also fail, "Dig seven trenches, and burn in them some cuttings of vines not yet circumcised (vines not four years old); and let her take in her hand a cup of wine, and let her be led from this trench and set down over that, and let her be removed from that, and set down over another: and in each removal say unto her, Arise from thy flux." Dr. Lightfoot gives these as a sample, out of many others, extracted from Bab. Shabb. fol. 110.

    And from some of these nostrums it is evident the woman could not be bettered, and from some others it is as evident that she must be made worse; and from all together it is indubitably certain that she must have suffered many things; - and from the persons employed, the expense of the medicaments, and the number of years she was afflicted, as she was not a person of great opulence, it is most perfectly credible that she spent all that she had. She was therefore a fit patient for the Great Physician.

    The case of this woman was a very afflicting one:

    1. Because of the nature of her malady; it was such as could not be made public, without exposing her to shame and contempt.

    2. It was an inveterate disorder; it had lasted twelve years.

    3. It was continual; she appears to have had no interval of health.

    4. Her disorder was aggravated by the medicines she used - she suffered much, etc.

    5. Her malady was ruinous both to her health and circumstances - she spent all that she had.

    6. She was now brought to the last point of wretchedness, want, and despair; she was growing worse, and had neither money nor goods to make another experiment to procure her health.

    7. She was brought so low by her disorder as to be incapable of earning any thing to support her wretched life a little longer.

    It has been said, and the saying is a good one, "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." Never could the power and goodness of God be shown in a more difficult and distressful case. And now Jesus comes, and she is healed.

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 5:26

    Had suffered many things - Had resorted to many things painful, by the direction of the physicians, in order to be healed.