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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW - Chapter 15 - Verse 22

Verse 22. A woman of Canaan. This woman is called also a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, Mr 7:26. Anciently the whole land, including Tyre and Sidon, was in the possession of the Canaanites, and called Canaan. The Phoenicians were descended from the Canaanites. The country, including Tyre and Sidon, was called Phoenicia, or Syro-Phoenicia. That country was taken by the Greeks under Alexander the Great, and those cities, in the time of Christ, were Greek cities. This woman was therefore a Gentile, living under the Greek government, and probably speaking the Greek language. She was by birth a Syro-Phoenician, born in that country, and descended, therefore, from the ancient Canaanites. All these names might with propriety be given to her.

Coasts. Regions, or countries.

Thou Son of David. Descendant of David. See Barnes "Mt 1:1".

Meaning the Messiah.

Is grievously vexed with a devil. See Barnes "Mt 4:24".

The woman showed great earnestness. She cried unto him, and fell at his feet, Mr 7:25.

{o} "Son of God" Lu 18:38,39

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