Matthew 15:27

“And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 15:27

And she said, Trueth Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crummes which fall from their masters table.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But she said, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But she said, Yea, Lord: for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But she said, Yes, Lord: but even the dogs take the bits from under their masters' table.
- Basic English Bible

But she said, Yea, Lord; for even the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from the table of their masters.
- Darby Bible

And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crums which fall from their master's table.
- Webster's Bible

Be it so, Sir, she said, "for even the dogs eat the scraps which fall from their masters' tables."
- Weymouth Bible

But she said, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
- World English Bible

And she seide, Yhis, Lord; for whelpis eten of the crummes, that fallen doun fro the bord of her lordis.
- Wycliffe Bible

And she said, `Yes, sir, for even the little dogs do eat of the crumbs that are falling from their lords' table;'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 15:27

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 15:27

15:25 Then came she - Into the house where he now was.

15:28 Thy faith - Thy reliance on the power and goodness of God.

15:29 The sea of Galilee - The Jews gave the name of seas to all large lakes. This was a hundred furlongs long, and forty broad. It was called also, the sea of Tiberias. It lay on the borders of Galilee, and the city of Tiberias stood on its western shore. It was likewise styled the lake of Gennesareth: perhaps a corruption of Cinnereth, the name by which it was anciently called, #Num 34:11|. #Mark 7:31|.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:27

Mt 15:27 Truth, Lord. Observe that she acquiesces heartily in Christ's declaration: it is not fit that the dogs be fed "before" the children. Yet the dogs eat of the crumbs. The Greek word for "crumbs", "psichion", is a diminutive, and means "little crumbs".

Discussion for Matthew 15:27

  • Phil Martin on Matthew 15:27
    What does this mean - but even the dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master's table" (Matthew 15:24, 27).
  • Biblefan - in Reply on Matthew 15:27
    being called a dog is not flattering - but much less flattering is reading the commandments/exhortations of the bible and realizing how little i've taken heed of them, or have fallen short of my duties - an honest read of the bible is no ego trip
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 15:27
    In this passage (Matthew 15:22-28), a Canaanitish woman approached Jesus about her demon afflicted daughter. However, since she was not from the "house of Israel", Jesus focused his ministry only to the Jews. It might appear harsh that He appeared to reject her pleas, but Jesus never erred in what He said or did, but that this situation might have a larger blessing. He reminded her (& she knew this), that the "bread (blessings) meant for the children (Israel) were not meant to be given to dogs (a term often used by the Jews for the gentile nations).

    So, in spite of Jesus telling the woman that his ministry was only to Israel, He waited to hear her response. She was so overcome with her daughter's condition, that she continue to press Him to act in spite of her being a gentile woman. She said that she would willingly accept whatever Jesus could offer to her (as the crumbs of bread that fall off the (Jews) table). Such was her persistence - such was her faith - and Jesus noticed this & accordingly from that very hour, the woman's daughter was released from the demonic activity. I believe that Jesus already knew what He would do for that woman - He wanted to bring her to the point of an active persistent faith. She could have just accepted Jesus' initial refusal to help her because she was a gentile & gone away sad. But real faith demands an active pursuit, that something not only can happen but will happen. She was blessed by having & using that faith.
  • Phil Martin - in Reply on Matthew 15:27
    Thank you Chris for your explanation. This passage has always stumped me and your explanation makes total sense.

  • Bob - in Reply on Matthew 15:27
    Thank you, Chris. After reading the passage, I too was a bit unsure of its meaning. Your input was very helpful!


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