24He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
24 Verse 24. The maid is not dead, but sleepeth] That is, she is
not dead so as to continue under the power of death; but shall be
raised from it as a, person is from natural sleep.
They laughed him to scorn.] κατεγελωναυτον, they ridiculed
him; from κατα, intensive, and γελαω, I laugh:-they
grinned a ghastly smile, expressive of the contempt they felt for
his person and knowledge. People of the world generally ridicule
those truths which they neither comprehend nor love, and deride
those who publish them; but a faithful minister of God, (copying
the example of Christ,) keeps on his way, and does the work of his
Lord and Master.