Matthew 12:38-45 (Today's New International Version)

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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 sign1 from you."2 39 He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.3 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 41 The people 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. 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. 43 "When an evilb spirit comes out of anyone, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.10 That is how it will be with this wicked generation."
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