Tempting him (peirazonte). These "others" (eteroi) apparently realized the futility of the charge of being in league with Beelzebub. Hence they put up to Jesus the demand for "a sign from heaven" just as had been done in Galilee ( Matthew 12:38 ). By "sign" (shmeion) they meant a great spectacular display of heavenly power such as they expected the Messiah to give and such as the devil suggested to Jesus on the pinnacle of the temple. Sought (ezhtoun). Imperfect active, kept on seeking.