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Matthew 16:1-3

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The Demand for a Sign

16:1 Now when the Pharisees 1  and Sadducees 2  came to test Jesus, 3  they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 4  16:2 He 5  said, “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather, because the sky is red,’ 16:3 and in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, because the sky is red and darkening.’ 6  You know how to judge correctly the appearance of the sky, 7  but you cannot evaluate the signs of the times.

1 sn See the note on Pharisees in 3:7.

2 sn See the note on Sadducees in 3:7.

3 tn The object of the participle πειράζοντες (peirazontes) is not given in the Greek text but has been supplied here for clarity.

4 sn What exactly this sign would have been, given what Jesus was already doing, is not clear. But here is where the fence-sitters reside, refusing to commit to him.

5 tn Grk “But answering, he said to them.” The construction has been simplified in the translation and δέ (de) has not been translated.

6 tn Or “red and gloomy” (L&N 14.56).

7 tn Grk “The face of the sky you know how to discern.”



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