Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…
There was some reason lying at the base of the designation. The heathens around were, in the mass, exceedingly unclean and ferocious: barking too, incessantly, at the true God and true godliness. But our Lord, in this case, refers not to the wild, fierce, filthy dogs, belonging to nobody, that prowl about Oriental cities; but to little pet dogs, in which children are interested, and with which they play. Most probably there might be one or more of them, within sight, in the company of some children.
(J. Morison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.