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Matthew 12:39-41

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12:39 But he answered them, 1  “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 12:40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish 2  for three days and three nights, 3  so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 12:41 The people 4  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 5  – and now, 6  something greater than Jonah is here!

1 tn Grk “But answering, he said to them.” This construction is somewhat redundant in English and has been simplified in the translation.

2 tn Grk “large sea creature.”

3 sn A quotation from Jonah 1:17.

4 tn Grk “men”; the word here (ἀνήρ, anhr) usually indicates males or husbands, but occasionally is used in a generic sense of people in general, as here (cf. BDAG 79 s.v. 1.a, 2).

5 tn Grk “at the preaching of Jonah.”

6 tn Grk “behold.”



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