Matthew 15:31 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 15:31, NIV: "The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel."

Matthew 15:31, ESV: "so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel."

Matthew 15:31, KJV: "Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel."

Matthew 15:31, NASB: "So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel."

Matthew 15:31, NLT: "The crowd was amazed! Those who hadn't been able to speak were talking, the crippled were made well, the lame were walking, and the blind could see again! And they praised the God of Israel."

Matthew 15:31, CSB: "So the crowd was amazed when they saw those unable to speak talking, the crippled restored, the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they gave glory to the God of Israel."

What does Matthew 15:31 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

What ancient Israelites would have considered "mountains," many other cultures would consider very large hills. Christ is not scaling a rock face; He's in a place where people can walk to where He's positioned. This spot is in the mostly-Gentile region of the Decapolis, literally meaning "ten cities." Here, on the southeast side of the Sea of Galilee, crowds of people bring their sick and afflicted.

Jesus is healing these Gentiles without any of the reservations He expressed to the Canaanite woman in the previous section of verses (Matthew 15:21–28). That makes it even more likely that His interaction with her was a deliberate teaching moment for the disciples. What Israel has mostly ignored, the Gentile world will come to embrace (Romans 9:30–33).

In fact, Jesus seems eager to provoke these Gentiles into glorifying the God of Israel. Matthew says the people wondered when they saw their friends and neighbors healed. The mute spoke. The lame walked. The blind saw. Crippled people became healthy. Perhaps some in that area knew that these miracles were to be signs of the coming of Israel's Messiah (Matthew 11:2–6; Luke 7:18–23). If so, that was even more reason to give God glory.