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40 Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,[a] so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

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  1. 12:40 See Jon 2:1. While in Q the sign was simply Jonah’s preaching to the Ninevites (Lk 11:30, 32), Matthew here adds Jonah’s sojourn in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights, a prefigurement of Jesus’ sojourn in the abode of the dead and, implicitly, of his resurrection.