Matthew 12:33-42New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Words Reveal Character
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.34 You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak [a]what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.35 The good man brings out of his good treasure [b]what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure [c]what is evil.36 But I tell you that every [d]careless word that people [e]speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.37 For [f]by your words you will be justified, and [g]by your words you will be condemned.”
The Desire for Signs
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a [h]sign from You.”39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a [i]sign; and yet no [j]sign will be given to it but the [k]sign of Jonah the prophet;40 for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.41 The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.42 The Queen of the South will rise up with this generation at the judgment and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
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