Matthew 15:21-28
Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…

Silence is not refusal. The reasons for Christ's silence at this time were:

1. In order that by exercising her faith He might strengthen and deepen it.

2. That He might manifest it to others, and so give her as an example to those who stood by, as well as to future generations.

3. That He might not offer an additional stumbling-block to the Jews, to whom the calling-in of the Gentiles was an abomination.

(W. Denton.)Not because He was unwilling to speak, but because there are occasions on which silence is more eloquent and stirring to the thought than speech. Not infrequently silence is golden, while speech is "silvern;" and this was one such occasion.

(J. Morison, D. D.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

WEB: Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.

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