Matthew 15:24

“But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But he answered, and said, I am not sent, but vnto the lost sheepe of the house of Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But he made answer and said, I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel.
- Basic English Bible

But he answering said, I have not been sent save to the lost sheep of Israel's house.
- Darby Bible

But he answered and said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
- Webster's Bible

I have only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He replied.
- Weymouth Bible

But he answered, "I wasn't sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
- World English Bible

He answeride, and seide, Y am not sent, but to the scheep of the hous of Israel that perischiden.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he answering said, `I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 15:24


15:24 I am not sent - Not primarily; not yet.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:24


Mt 15:24 I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The Lord's "personal" mission was to the Jews. Under the first commission his apostles were directed to go only to the Jews (Mt 10:6). It would be impossible to evangelize the Gentiles without setting aside the Jewish customs, the law of Moses, and arousing the bitterest prejudice of the Jews. Hence it was the divine plan that the Son should "keep the law blameless" during his ministry. It was only when the Jews crucified him that "the handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the cross" (Col 2:14), the "wall of partition" (Eph 2:14) between Jews and Gentiles broken down, and all prepared for the Great Commission which bade his disciples "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mr 16:15).

Discussion for Matthew 15

  • A disciple
    "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind." In saying this, Jesus has revealed that each and every one of us is accountable first to God; and no amount of obstinate determination to follow ANY form or methodology may take the preeminence over His view of us; notwithstanding howsoever strongly one might protest!
  • Bruce
    Andrea: His Word says: every Creature of God is Good and nothing to be refused,if it be received with Thanksgiving:For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer. 1Timothy 4:4-6./ Oysters, clams,muscles, shrimp, lobster,any seafood. Cows, pigs, rabbits, muskrat, raccoon, squirrels, whatsoever,but always give Thanks for what you have
  • A disciple
    Andrea; If I may add here, the teaching of the Law in the eating of things designated clean and unclean; is in reference to our walk. "But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." Acts 10 (esp. v28) confirms, The Kingdom of God IS NOT Meat and Drink..
  • Andrea McCallum
    To Bruce.
    Are you saying pork shrimp, lobsters etc are allowed as long as God's word is prayed over them?
  • Bruce
    Chad: We who are Born-again can eat what-so-ever:1Timothy 4:4-5: every creature of God is good, nothing to be refused, if it be received with Thanksgiving: For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer.
  • Chad I
    People often misinterpret verses 1-20 by saying Yeshua allowed the consumption of pork, shellfish and other unclean animals. Yeshua rebuked the Pharisees only for their man made law (tradition) of washing hands which is not found anywhere in the law of Moses.

    13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

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