Then Jesus went there, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.…
Some old writer thus quaintly explains the case. "Christ's love is wise. There is an art in His strange delays, which make us love-sick. We cheapen what is easily got, and under-rate anything that is at our elbow; but delays heighten and raise the market value of Christ's blessings. He wishes to make our faith stronger, and His trials are for the triumph of our faith. He did as we do when we hold toys dangling before our children, that we may make them desire and enjoy them more. He acts as we do with musicians at the door; for when they please us, we do not give them their penny at once, that we may hear their music longer."
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.