11:29 As 1 the crowds were increasing, Jesus 2 began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it looks for a sign, 3 but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 4 11:30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, 5 so the Son of Man will be a sign 6 to this generation. 7
11:32 The people 8 of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 9 – and now, 10 something greater than Jonah is here!
1 tn Here δέ (de) has not been translated.
2 tn Grk “he”; the referent (Jesus) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 sn As the following comparisons to Solomon and Jonah show, in the present context the sign of Jonah is not an allusion to Jonah being three days in the belly of the fish, but to Jesus’ teaching about wisdom and repentance.
6 tn The repetition of the words “a sign” are not in the Greek text, but are implied and are supplied here for clarity.
7 tc Only the Western ms D and a few Itala
9 tn Grk “at the preaching of Jonah.”
sn The phrase repented when Jonah preached to them confirms that in this context the sign of Jonah (v. 30) is his message.
10 tn Grk “behold.”