Matthew 15

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Matthew 15 is the fifteenth chapter in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament section of the Christian Bible. It concludes the narrative about Jesus' ministry in Galilee and can be divided into the following subsections:[1]


The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 39 verses.

Textual witnesses[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:


Most of the events recorded in this chapter took place in Galilee. Verse 1 refers to scribes and Pharisees who have come from Jerusalem. The word order is "scribes and Pharisees" in the Textus Receptus, but "Pharisees and scribes" in Westcott and Hort's critical edition.[2] Theologian Johann Bengel makes the point that these events could not therefore have taken place at the time of the Passover.[3]

Verses 21 to 28 refer to an excursion to the region of Tyre and Sidon, after which Jesus returned to Galilee and 'skirted' or walked beside the Sea of Galilee to a mountain on the lake's eastern shore.[4]

At the close of the chapter he "got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala" or Magadan.[5] According to E. H. Plumptre in Anglican bishop Charles Ellicott's Commentary, "the better [manuscripts] give the reading Magadan.[6] The parallel passage in Mark's gospel[7] gives (in the majority of manuscripts) a quite different place name, Dalmanutha, although a handful of manuscripts give either Magdala or Magadan, possibly through assimilation with the Matthean text.[8]

Verse 16[edit]

Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding?" (New Revised Standard Version) [9]
So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? (New King James Version) [10]

The word "Jesus" is probably an addition.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reflecting the sectional divisions in the New King James Version
  2. ^ Matthew 15:1: WHNU
  3. ^ Bengel's Gnomon on the New Testament on Matthew 15, accessed 23 January 2017
  4. ^ Matthew 15:29: Amplified Bible
  5. ^ Matthew 15:39
  6. ^ Plumptre, E. H., Ellicott's Commentary for Modern Readers on Matthew 15, accessed 23 January 2017
  7. ^ Mark 8:10
  8. ^ Throckmorton, B. H. (1992). Gospel Parallels, 5th edn. Nashville TN: Thomas Nelson
  9. ^ Matthew 15:16: NRSV
  10. ^ Matthew 15:16: NKJV
  11. ^ Meyer, H. A. W., Meyer's NT Commentary on Matthew 15, accessed 12 September 2019

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Preceded by
Matthew 14
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 16