Matthew 15:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 15:30, NIV: "Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them."

Matthew 15:30, ESV: "And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,"

Matthew 15:30, KJV: "And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:"

Matthew 15:30, NASB: "And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them."

Matthew 15:30, NLT: "A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn't speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all."

Matthew 15:30, CSB: "and large crowds came to him, including the lame, the blind, the crippled, those unable to speak, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he healed them."

What does Matthew 15:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus' trip out of Galilee has brought Him and His disciples to the mostly Gentile region of the Decapolis, southeast of the Sea of Galilee. Few people in the region of Tyre and Sidon may have known Him, though at least one woman knew exactly who He was (Matthew 15:21–23). The public in the Decapolis area seems familiar with Him. Crowds form and come to where He is sitting on a mountain.

These crowds are likely composed mostly of Gentiles: non-Jews, those not part of God's chosen people. Still, there are many among them who are lame, blind, crippled, mute, or burdened with other afflictions. Knowing of Jesus' power to heal, they bring them to Him and put them at His feet. Jesus heals them.

Jesus had told the Canaanite woman with the demon-oppressed daughter that He had been sent to Israel and not to the Gentiles (Mathew 15:24–26). And yet, He did heal her daughter (Matthew 15:27–28). In the context of this event, the Canaanite woman's encounter looks even more like a teaching moment for the sake of the disciples. He does not hesitate to heal all who come to Him, giving a glimpse to nearby Israel of God's compassion for the Gentiles, as well. In fact, the same Christ who referred to bread and crumbs when speaking to the Canaanite woman will soon provide miraculous food for this Gentile population (Matthew 15:32–39), echoing His miracle on behalf of the people of Israel (Matthew 14:13–21).