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.
[9:20] 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.
[9:21] 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.”