Matthew 15:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Matthew 15:25, ESV: "But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”"

Matthew 15:25, KJV: "Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me."

Matthew 15:25, NASB: "But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, 'Lord, help me!'"

Matthew 15:25, NLT: "But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, 'Lord, help me!'"

Matthew 15:25, CSB: "But she came, knelt before him, and said, "Lord, help me!""

What does Matthew 15:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has made His position about performing miracles in Gentile territories very clear. He was sent only to the "lost sheep" of the house of Israel. The apostles will later take the gospel of Jesus to all people. Jesus' specific mission, during His ministry on earth, is to heal and teach Israelites as Israel's promised Messiah. At this moment, He is in the Gentile region of Tyre and Sidon.

A non-Israelite woman has approached Jesus, suggesting she knows He is the Messiah, and begging Him to heal her daughter. She has heard His initial refusal, but she refuses to leave. In fact, she pesters to the point the disciples lose patience and ask Jesus to deal with her (Matthew 15:21–25).

All the same, the woman once again kneels and begs Christ for help. This woman has something in common with two women who asked for help from prophets in the Old Testament. The Sidonian woman and the Shunammite woman would not take a no answer from Elijah (1 Kings 17:18–19) and Elisha (2 Kings 4:28) respectively. God honored their perseverance and their faith. Jesus will do the same—His initial delay is for a purpose (Matthew 15:28).