And when he had entered in, he says to them, “Why are you making a commotion and crying? The child did not die, but is sleeping.” Bible

“sleeping.” The Greek verb is koimaō (#2837 κοιμάω), to fall asleep, to be asleep. Sleep is used as a euphemism and metaphor for death. See commentary on Acts 7:60.

Commentary for: Mark 5:39