But the woman¹ fearing² and trembling,
knowing³ what was done⁴ in her,
came and fell down⁵ before him,
and told him all the truth⁶.
¹) A woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow.
²) Being afraid.
³) To perceive by any of the senses.
⁴) To become; i.e. to come to pass; happen.
⁵) To fall forwards, fall down, prostrate one’s self before, in homage or supplication: at one’s feet
⁶) Truly, in truth, according to truth; of a truth, in reality, in fact, certainly
But the woman, knowing what had been done for her, though alarmed and frightened and trembling, fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. [AMP] But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. [ESV] The woman, knowing what had happened, knowing she was the one, stepped up in fear and trembling, knelt before him, and gave him the whole story. [MSB] But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. [KJV] Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. [NIV] Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done. [NLT] But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. [NKJV]
Some further information:
Fearing and trembling
alarmed, as a humble, shrinking female would naturally be, at the necessity of so public an exposure of herself, yet conscious that she had a tale to tell which would speak for her.
came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth
In Luke ( Luke 8:47 ) it is, “When the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she had touched Him, and how she was healed immediately.”
This, though it tried the modesty of the believing woman, was just what Christ wanted in dragging her forth, her public testimony to the facts of her case, the disease, with her abortive efforts at a cure, and the instantaneous and perfect relief which her touching the Great Healer had brought her.
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The poor woman, hereupon, presented herself to the Lord Jesus (Mark 5:33), fearing and trembling, not knowing how He would take it.
Note, Christ’s patients are often trembling, when they have reason to be triumphing. She might have come boldly, knowing what was done in her; yet, knowing that, she fears and trembles. It was a surprise, and was not yet, as it should have been, a pleasing surprise. However, she fell down before him.
Note also that there is nothing better for those that fear and tremble, than to throw themselves at the feet of the Lord Jesus; to humble themselves before him, and refer themselves to him.
And she told him all the truth.
We must not be ashamed to own the secret transactions between the Christ and our souls; but, when called to it, mention, to his praise, and the encouragement of others, what he has done for our souls, and the experience we have had of healing virtue derived from him.
And the consideration of this, that nothing can be hid from Christ, should engage us to confess all to him.
Now let us reflect on this
She felt very keenly that she could not be hidden from the eyes of Jesus. She has to come forward and honestly acknowledge what happened.
And this she does, trembling and fearful.
See, there she falls at Jesus’ feet.
And she will tell it all, while all the people around her are listening.
Yes, she tells about her ailment.
Of her uncleanness.
Of her many disappointments.
Of her hope when she heard about Jesus.
And about her plan to go to Him.
But also that she did not dare to do so openly. And that she therefore came from behind.
And of the healing that took place.
And her joy about it.
In short, she tells everything. The complete truth.
And when she has told everything, then what?
Yes, then Jesus can do with her what He wants.
He can decide.
But what if He takes her health away again because she didn’t get it fairly?
We have to be fair.
And honestly confess what our concern is.
Have we ever said that to the Lord?
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