Matthew 12:38-42 NIV

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 sign1 from you."2

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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.3

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40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish,4 so the Son of Man5 will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.6

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41 The men of Nineveh7 will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,8 and now onea greater than Jonah is here.

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    • e 12:41 - Or "something"; also in verse 42
      42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came9 from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.

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