Mark 7:27
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New International Version
"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

New Living Translation
Jesus told her, "First I should feed the children--my own family, the Jews. It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs."

English Standard Version
And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Berean Study Bible
"First let the children have their fill," He said. "For it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

Berean Literal Bible
And He was saying to her, "Permit the children to be satisfied first; for it is not good to take the children's bread and to cast it to the dogs."

New American Standard Bible
And He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

King James Bible
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to her, "Allow the children to be satisfied first, because it isn't right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

International Standard Version
But he kept telling her, "First let the children be filled. It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the puppies."

NET Bible
He said to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and to throw it to the dogs."

New Heart English Bible
But he said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to her, "First, let the children eat all they want. It's not right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

New American Standard 1977
And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled, for it is not good to take the children's bread and to cast it unto the dogs.

King James 2000 Bible
But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not right to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

American King James Version
But Jesus said to her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs.

American Standard Version
And he said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who said to her: Suffer first the children to be filled: for it is not good to take the bread of the children, and cast it to the dogs.

Darby Bible Translation
But [Jesus] said to her, Suffer the children to be first filled; for it is not right to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

English Revised Version
And he said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Jesus said to her, Let the children first be satisfied: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs.

Weymouth New Testament
"Let the children first eat all they want," He said; "it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

World English Bible
But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus said to her, 'Suffer first the children to be filled, for it is not good to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the little dogs.'
Study Bible
The Faith of the Gentile Woman
26Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician origin, and she kept asking Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27“First let the children have their fill, He said. “For it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”…
Cross References
Matthew 15:26
But Jesus replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

Mark 7:26
Now she was a Greek woman of Syrophoenician origin, and she kept asking Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

Mark 7:28
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs."
Treasury of Scripture

But Jesus said to her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs.

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Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not …

Matthew 15:23-28 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and sought …

Acts 22:21 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles.

Romans 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for …

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

(27) Let the children first be filled.--The precise form of the answer thus given is peculiar to St. Mark.

But Jesus said unto her,.... Not directly and immediately, upon her first request; for he answered not a word to that; but after his, disciples had desired she might be sent away, her cries being so troublesome to them; and after she had renewed her request to him; see Matthew 15:23.

Let the children first be filled: according to this method, our Lord directed his apostles, and they proceeded: as he himself was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, he ordered his disciples to go to them, and preach the Gospel to them, and work miracles among them; and not go in the way of the Gentiles, nor into any of the cities of the Samaritans; but when they had gone through the cities of Judea, he ordered them, after his resurrection, to go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem: and this order they observed in other places, where there were Jews; they first preached to them, and then to the Gentiles; knowing that it was necessary, that the word of God should be first spoken to them; and it was the power of God to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile: and the expression here used, though it gives the preference to the Jew, does not exclude the Gentile; nay, it supposes, that after the Jews had had the doctrines of Christ, confirmed by his miracles, sufficiently ministered unto them, for the gathering in the chosen ones among them, and to leave the rest inexcusable; and so long as until they should despise it, and put it away from them, judging themselves unworthy of it; that then the Gentiles should have plenty of Gospel provisions set before them, and should eat of them, and be filled; and should have a large number of miracles wrought among them, and a fulness of the blessings of grace bestowed on them. The Jews are meant, who were the children of God by national adoption; who were first to be filled with the doctrines and miracles of Christ, before the Gentiles were to have them among them; as they were, even to a loathing and contempt of them:

for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs: as by "the children" are meant the Israelites, who were not only the children of Abraham by natural descent, but the children of God, to whom pertained the adoption, by virtue of the national covenant made with them; so by "the dogs", are meant the Gentiles, who were reckoned as such by the Jews; and by the "bread", which it was not fit and proper should be taken from the one for the present, and cast to the other, is designed the ministry of the Gospel; which is as bread, solid, substantial, wholesome, and nourishing; and the miraculous cures wrought on the bodies of men, which accompanied it: now it was not meet and convenient as yet, that these things should be taken away from the Jewish nation, until they had answered the ends for which they were designed, and the Jews should express their loathing and abhorrence of them: which when they did, they were taken away from them, and were ministered to the nations of the world, they contemptuously called dogs; See Gill on Matthew 15:26. 27. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled—"Is there hope for me here?" "Filled FIRST?" "Then my turn, it seems, is coming!—but then, 'The CHILDREN first?' Ah! when, on that rule, shall my turn ever come!" But ere she has time for these ponderings of His word, another word comes to supplement it.

for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs—Is this the death of her hopes? Nay, rather it is life from the dead. Out of the eater shall come forth meat (Jud 14:14). "At evening-time, it shall be light" (Zec 14:7). "Ah! I have it now. Had He kept silence, what could I have done but go unblest? but He hath spoken, and the victory is mine."7:24-30 Christ never put any from him that fell at his feet, which a poor trembling soul may do. As she was a good woman, so a good mother. This sent her to Christ. His saying, Let the children first be filled, shows that there was mercy for the Gentiles, and not far off. She spoke, not as making light of the mercy, but magnifying the abundance of miraculous cures among the Jews, in comparison with which a single cure was but as a crumb. Thus, while proud Pharisees are left by the blessed Saviour, he manifests his compassion to poor humbled sinners, who look to him for children's bread. He still goes about to seek and save the lost.
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