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Matthew 12:29-39 (New International Version)

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29 "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. 30 "He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.1 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.2 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age3 or in the age to come.4 33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.5 34 You brood of vipers,6 how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.7 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."8

The Sign of Jonah

12:39-42pp -- Lk 11:29-32 12:43-45pp -- Lk 11:24-26

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, "Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign9 from you."10 39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.11
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