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The Believers Of Sidon
"Sidon" is the English rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-done, which means a fish-catching place - an appropriate term because Sidon is located on the coast of The Mediterranean Sea. In the Old Testament (i.e. the Holy Scriptures that were written in Hebrew) the King James Version variously renders the same Hebrew word as either "Sidon" or "Zidon," but only "Sidon" in the New Testament (i.e. the Holy Scriptures that were written in Greek). The word written in the Greek was merely a transliteration (transcribing from one alphabet to another, thereby writing a word from one language according to the way that it sounds in another language) of the Hebrew word.
"10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon [i.e. tsee-done], as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha." (Genesis 10:19 KJV)
The apparent logic of the King James translators was to use "Zidon" for the Hebrew translation and transliteration, while using "Sidon" for the transliteration of the Greek word, which was a translation and transliteration of the Hebrew word, while nevertheless using the "Greek" version occasionally in the Hebrew Scriptures (the KJV did that with many other words e.g. Zion and Sion; see also Translation Of Translations).
As stated in verses above, Sidon was a very ancient Canaanite city. It may have been named after one of the sons of Canaan, his firstborn, who was named Sidon.
"10:15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 10:16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, 10:17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 10:18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha." (Genesis 10:15-19 KJV)
Although Sidon was a Canaanite city throughout Bible History, there were people in the city who also recognized the true LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'). The Messiah's famous "no prophet is accepted in his own country" was spoken using the area of Sidon as an example of "foreign" people who could see what the homeland folks could not, both in the time of Elijah, as well as to the Messiah Himself when He came.
"4:24 And he said, Verily, I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias [see The Prophets: Elijah], when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow." (Luke 4:24-26 KJV)
"When they had heard what great things He did, came unto Him"
People of Sidon were among those who first recognized that The Prophet Of Galilee was the Messiah ("they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him"). They did so very early in His ministry, even before His own "brethren and his mother" understood (see Beside Himself).
"3:6 And the Pharisees went forth [see Was Paul Among Them?], and straightway took counsel with the Herodians [see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees] against him, how they might destroy him.
The Messiah's "no prophet is accepted in his own country" was not merely a rhetorical statement. It was a prophecy of the coming Judgment of those who did know better, such as the Galilee cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida (Peter's home town), but didn't even do as well as those who knew much less, such as the "foreign" people up in Sidon.
"11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 11:22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom [see The Day That Christ Incinerated Sodom and The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?], it would have remained until this day. 11:24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment [see Could Christ Return Tonight?], than for thee." (Matthew 11:20-24 KJV)
With Sidon just north of Galilee, it was a place where the Christ went, not only to preach outside of His native land, but also to take a break from the threats found in His native land. In this example, a woman of Sidon's faith was so strong, before the time that she would have been given the Holy Spirit to have enough faith to believe (see The Process Of Conversion), that the Messiah accepted her conversion before her due time.
"7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. 7:25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: 7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.