The Desire for Signs

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, (A)we want to see a [a]sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, (B)An evil and adulterous generation craves for a [b]sign; and yet no [c]sign will be given to it but the [d]sign of Jonah the prophet; 40 for just as (C)Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will (D)the Son of Man be (E)three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 (F)The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because (G)they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, (H)something greater than Jonah is here. 42 (I)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, (J)something greater than Solomon is here.

43 (K)Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and (L)the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 12:38 I.e. attesting miracle
  2. Matthew 12:39 I.e. attesting miracle
  3. Matthew 12:39 I.e. attesting miracle
  4. Matthew 12:39 I.e. attesting miracle

Sign of the Fleece

36 Then Gideon said to God, “(A)If You will deliver Israel [a]through me, as You have spoken, 37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel [b]through me, as You have spoken.” 38 And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “(B)Do not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.” 40 God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 6:36 Lit by my hand
  2. Judges 6:37 Lit by my hand