Jesus left and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite women from there came and cried out loud, “Lord, son of David, please have mercy on me.”
“It’s not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the puppies,” Jesus told her.
“Yes, Lord, but even the puppies can eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table,” she replied.
Now the apostle Matthew lost his patience and he said:
“Why do you not lower your gaze in the presence of men?”131
But the woman kept begging and then Matthew started to beat her to chase her away95, for she was not behaving in a chaste way as befits a woman. Jesus was smiling and said: “Look at him, he’s truly in a holy state. But enough of this, bring the woman to me so I can judge her worthiness! Do not beat the woman as you would beat a slave girl.98”
And when the woman was brought before the feet of the saviour, Jesus said:
“Why do you not wear a veil to cover your body in the presence of strangers?”125,126
The woman responded that she saw no use in this, and that it was not the tradition of her people.
Then Jesus saw the truth that was hidden in the heart of the woman, and he asked:
“Why is it that you seek my help, tell the truth woman.”
And the woman confessed that she was unhappy in her marriage, and that she wanted to leave her husband who mistreated her. And when she was asked if there were other witnesses of this abuse, she could name none.
Then Peter laughed and he said:
“Then your words count as nothing, for the word of a man is worth double that of a woman and we cannot believe you over your husband.”128
Then Jesus said:
“This is true. Surely, this is why most of Hell’s inhabitants are women!135 It is your duty to obey your husband141. Now go back to him and live by his command.136 Women are too deficient in intelligence to make their own choices. 139”
And the woman did as was commanded. Then Jesus commanded Matthew to clean his hands, for he had touched a woman and therefore he had become unclean.130