Matthew 15:23
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New International Version
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us."

New Living Translation
But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. "Tell her to go away," they said. "She is bothering us with all her begging."

English Standard Version
But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.”

New American Standard Bible
But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us."

King James Bible
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet He did not say a word to her. So His disciples approached Him and urged Him, "Send her away because she cries out after us."

International Standard Version
But he didn't answer her at all. Then his disciples came up and kept urging him, "Send her away, because she keeps on screaming as she follows us."

NET Bible
But he did not answer her a word. Then his disciples came and begged him, "Send her away, because she keeps on crying out after us."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he did not give her an answer, and his disciples came and begged him, and they were saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he did not answer her at all. Then his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away. She keeps shouting behind us."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away, for she cries out after us.

King James 2000 Bible
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us.

American King James Version
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and sought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us.

American Standard Version
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying: Send her away, for she crieth after us:

Darby Bible Translation
But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came to [him] and asked him, saying, Dismiss her, for she cries after us.

English Revised Version
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

Weymouth New Testament
But He answered her not a word. Then the disciples interposed, and begged Him, saying, "Send her away because she keeps crying behind us."

World English Bible
But he answered her not a word. His disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away; for she cries after us."

Young's Literal Translation
And he did not answer her a word; and his disciples having come to him, were asking him, saying -- 'Let her away, because she crieth after us;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:21-28 The dark corners of the country, the most remote, shall share Christ's influences; afterwards the ends of the earth shall see his salvation. The distress and trouble of her family brought a woman to Christ; and though it is need that drives us to Christ, yet we shall not therefore be driven from him. She did not limit Christ to any particular instance of mercy, but mercy, mercy, is what she begged for: she pleads not merit, but depends upon mercy. It is the duty of parents to pray for their children, and to be earnest in prayer for them, especially for their souls. Have you a son, a daughter, grievously vexed with a proud devil, an unclean devil, a malicious devil, led captive by him at his will? this is a case more deplorable than that of bodily possession, and you must bring them by faith and prayer to Christ, who alone is able to heal them. Many methods of Christ's providence, especially of his grace, in dealing with his people, which are dark and perplexing, may be explained by this story, which teaches that there may be love in Christ's heart while there are frowns in his face; and it encourages us, though he seems ready to slay us, yet to trust in him. Those whom Christ intends most to honour, he humbles to feel their own unworthiness. A proud, unhumbled heart would not have borne this; but she turned it into an argument to support her request. The state of this woman is an emblem of the state of a sinner, deeply conscious of the misery of his soul. The least of Christ is precious to a believer, even the very crumbs of the Bread of life. Of all graces, faith honours Christ most; therefore of all graces Christ honours faith most. He cured her daughter. He spake, and it was done. From hence let such as seek help from the Lord, and receive no gracious answer, learn to turn even their unworthiness and discouragements into pleas for mercy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - Answered her not a word. The woman made no specific request; she had not brought the sufferer with her, and entreated Christ to exorcise the evil influence; she did not urge him to go to her house, and by his gracious presence work a cure. Simply she tells her affliction, and lets the woeful tale plead for itself. But there was no response. The Merciful is obdurate; the Physician withholds his aid; in the face of misery, to the voice of entreaty, the Lord is silent. It is the discipline of love; he acts as though he hears not, that he may bring forth perseverance and faith. Send her away. There is some doubt concerning the feeling of the apostles in thus addressing Christ. Did they wish him to grant her virtual petition or not? On the one hand, it is urged that they were thoroughly annoyed at her importunity. They had sought for quiet' and privacy, and now this woman was bringing a crowd around them, and occasioning the very notoriety which they wished to avoid. Their Jewish prejudices, too, were aroused by this appeal from a Canaanite; they could not endure the idea that favour should be extended to this Gentile of an abhorred race; hence they desire Christ to dismiss her at once, give her a decided rejection. On the other hand, the answer of Christ to their request leads to another explanation, as if he understood them to be asking him to grant her prayer. And this is undoubtedly what they did want, though they did not presume to prescribe the manner or to beg for a miracle. They range themselves on the woman's side, not from any genuine compassion, but from mere selfishness. The ground of their appeal is, She crieth after us. The appeal had been first made in the open street, and the Canaanite had followed them, as they moved, continuing her piteous cry, and thus attracting attention to them and defeating their hope of retirement and rest. So they, for their own peace and comfort, ask Christ to grant the prayer of this obstinate suppliant: "Give her what she wants, and have done with her."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he answered her not a word,.... Not that he did not hear her, or that he despised either her person or petition, or that he was not moved with it; but to continue her importunity, and try her faith, and make it manifest: for like reasons the Lord does not always, and immediately, answer the requests of his people. This giving her no answer, either that he would, or would not help her, carried in it a tacit repulse of her, and a denial of assistance to her; and it seems as if she did for a while desist from her application to him, and betook herself to his disciples to plead with him for her:

and his disciples came; to the house where he was; who, it seems by this, had been elsewhere;

and besought him, saying, send her away; not in any shape, with any sort of answer, without curing her daughter, or without a promise of a cure; no, they desired she might be dismissed, with a grant of her request, to her entire satisfaction, as appears from Christ's answer: the reason they give is,

for she crieth after us; not only because she was troublesome to them, was importunate with them, and would take no denial from them: she followed them wherever they went; there was no getting rid of her: but also, because her case was so moving, was delivered in such an affecting manner, and her cries were piercing, that they could not bear them; and therefore entreat him, that he would relieve, and dismiss her.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us—(Also see on [1310]Mr 7:26.)

Matthew 15:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of the Canaanite Woman
22And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed." 23But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us." 24But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."…
Cross References
Matthew 15:22
A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly."

Matthew 15:24
He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."
Treasury of Scripture

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and sought him, saying, Send her away; for she cries after us.

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