Matthew 15:26
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New International Version
He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs."

New Living Translation
Jesus responded, "It isn't right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs."

English Standard Version
And he answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

New American Standard Bible
And He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

King James Bible
But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered, "It isn't right to take the children's bread and throw it to their dogs.""

International Standard Version
He replied, "It's not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the puppies."

NET Bible
"It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs," he said.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to her, “It is not good to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus replied, "It's not right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he answered and said, It is not good to take the children's bread and to cast it to the little dogs.

King James 2000 Bible
But he answered and said, It is not right to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs.

American King James Version
But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

American Standard Version
And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who answering, said: It is not good to take the bread of the children, and to cast it to the dogs.

Darby Bible Translation
But he answering said, It is not well to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.

English Revised Version
And he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Weymouth New Testament
"It is not right," He said, "to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

World English Bible
But he answered, "It is not appropriate to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

Young's Literal Translation
and he answering said, 'It is not good to take the children's bread, and to cast to the little dogs.'
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 26. - But he answered and said. At length Jesus spoke directly to her; but his words were rough in sound, still enforcing the previous repulse. It is not meet; οὐκ ἔστι καλόν: non est bonum (Vulgate). Another reading of less authority is oboe ἔξεστιν, "it is not lawful." The question is rather of fairness and expediency than of lawfulness. To take the children's bread. "The children" are the chosen people, "the children of the kingdom" (Matthew 8:12), who held this high position by election, however individuals might forfeit it by an unworthy use of privileges. "Bread" is meant to signify the graces and favours bestowed by God in Christ. To cast it. An humiliating term; not to give it, as you would to your children, but to throw it away as valueless, fit only for animals. Dogs (κυναρίοις). A contemptuous diminutive, rendered by Wickliffe, "whelpies," or, as we might say, "curs." This was the term applied by the Jews to the Gentiles, even as Turks nowadays talk of "dogs of Christians," and as in later times, by a curious inversion, the Jews themselves were generally saluted with the opprobrious name of"dogs." Some have seen a term of endearment in the diminutive "little dogs," as though Christ desired to soften the harshness of the expression by referring, not to the prowling, unowned animals that act as scavengers in Oriental towns, but to the petted inmates of the master's house. But Scripture gives no warrant for thinking that the Hebrews ever kept dogs as friends and companions, in our modern fashion; and our Lord adopts the language of his countrymen, to put the woman in her right position, as one with whom Jews could have no fellowship. To take the blessings from the Church of Israel in order to give them to aliens was to throw them away on unworthy recipients.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he answered, and said,.... To the woman, as the Persic version reads it, and the sense requires:

it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs; which he said, to try her faith the more, and make it the more illustrious; and that not so much from his own sense of things, as in the language of the Jewish people, and which she might not be a stranger to. By "the children", are meant the Jews, to whom the adoption belonged; who, as a nation and people, were the children of God in a large sense; being distinguished by many blessings and favours, which others had not, and being under the more peculiar care and notice of God; not that all of them were the children of God by special grace: by "the bread"; which belonged to them, is meant the external ministry of the word, and the miracles of Christ wrought among them: and particularly such outward favours which related to the good of the bodies of men, by healing their diseases, and dispossessing them of devils: and by "the dogs" are designed the Gentiles, so called by the Jews in a way of contempt, because of their ignorance, idolatry, and impurity. Christ here speaks not his own mind, as if he reproached the Gentiles, and held them in scorn and contempt, but uses the common dialect of the people; and which, this woman, living upon the borders of the Israelitish nation, was acquainted with; so that it was not so shocking and surprising, or quite so discouraging, as it would otherwise have been. The Jewish doctors say (k), that the idolatrous Gentiles are not called men, that they are comparable to the beasts or the field (l), to oxen, rams, goats (m), and asses (n): the foetus in the bowels of a Canaanitish servant, they say (o),

"ymd hmhb yemb dlwk, "is like the foetus in the bowels of a beast".''

Take the following passage, as an illustration of this, and as a further proof of the Jews calling the Gentiles dogs (p).

"A king provides a dinner for the children of his house; whilst they do his will they eat their meat with the king, and he gives to the dogs the part of bones to gnaw; but when the children of the house do not do the king's pleasure, he gives the dogs the dinner, and the bones to them: even so: while the Israelites do the will of their Lord, they eat at the king's table, and the feast is provided for them, and they of their own will give the bones to the Gentiles; but when they do not do the will of their Lord, lo! the feast is "for the dogs", and the bones are their's.''

And a little after,

""thou preparest a table before me"; this is the feast of the king; "in the presence of mine enemies"; , "these are the dogs" that sit before the table, looking for their part of the bones.''

In which may be clearly discerned the distinction between children and dogs, and the application of the one to the Jews, and the other to the Gentiles, and the different food that belongs to each: and hence it is easy to see from whom Christ borrowed this expression, and with what view he made use of it.

(k) T. Bab. Bava Metzia, fol. 114. 2. Zohar in Exod. fol. 35. 4. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 1. 4. (l) Zohar in Gen. fol. 31. 1. & 34. 1. 2. (m) Jarchi in Genesis 15. 10. (n) T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 68. 1.((o) lb. fol. 69. 1.((p) Zohar in Exod. fol. 63. 1, 2. Vid. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 147. 4.



Matthew 15:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Faith of the Canaanite Woman
25But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26And He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." 27But she said, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Matthew 15:25
The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said.

Matthew 15:27
"Yes it is, Lord," she said. "Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table."

Mark 7:27
"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."
Treasury of Scripture

But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

It is not.

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

Mark 7:27,28 But Jesus said to her, Let the children first be filled: for it is …

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

Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertains the adoption, and the glory, …

Galatians 2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

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

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

dogs. [Tois kunarion,] 'to the little dogs,' lap dogs, etc. the diminutive of [kuon,] a dog. The Jews, while they boasted of being the children of God, gave the name of dogs to the heathen, for their idolatry, etc.

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