“But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.”
King James Version (KJV)
15:23 He answered her not a word - He sometimes tries our faith in like manner.
Mt 15:23 He answered her not a word. He neither repelled her, nor made a favorable answer. There were reasons for hesitation, but there is no doubt that it was his purpose to have mercy. See PNT "Mt 15:24". He delayed in order to bring out a great lesson.