Bible: Matthew 15:21-39

A Canaanite Woman’s Faith

15:21 After going out from there, Jesus went to the region of Tyre 1  and Sidon. 2  15:22 A 3  Canaanite woman from that area came 4  and cried out, 5 Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is horribly demon-possessed! 15:23 But he did not answer her a word. Then 6  his disciples came and begged him, 7 Send her away, because she keeps on crying out after us.” 15:24 So 8  he answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 15:25 But she came and bowed down 9  before him and said, 10 Lord, help me! 15:26 It is not right 11  to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” 12  he said. 13  15:27 Yes, Lord,” she replied, 14 but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masterstable.” 15:28 Then 15  Jesus answered her, “Woman, 16  your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Healing Many Others

15:29 When he left there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up a mountain, where he sat down. 15:30 Then 17  large crowds came to him bringing with them the lame, blind, crippled, mute, and many others. They 18  laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 15:31 As a result, the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.

The Feeding of the Four Thousand

15:32 Then Jesus called the 19  disciples and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have already been here with me three days and they have nothing to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry since they may faint on the way.” 15:33 The disciples said to him, “Where can we get enough bread in this desolate place to satisfy so great a crowd? 15:34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They replied, “Seven – and a few small fish.” 15:35 After instructing the crowd to sit down on the ground, 15:36 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and after giving thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples, who then gave them to the crowds. 20  15:37 They 21  all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 15:38 Not counting children and women, 22  there were four thousand men who ate. 23  15:39 After sending away the crowd, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan. 24 

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