Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…
It was necessary that there should be some limits to our Lord's personal ministry; and it was wise that these limits should be fixed at the circumference of the circle of Israel. To have spread out His ministry farther, during the brief period of His terrestrial career, would simply have been to have thinned out and weakened His influence. What might have been gained extensively would have been lost intensively. It was of primary moment that He should make sure of a foothold, on which He might plant His moral machinery for moving the world. That foothold He did secure in the house of Israel, the household of Israel, the family of Israel; for the whole nation was but a developed family circle.
(J. Morison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.