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Matthew 16:1

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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 

Matthew 16:4

Context
16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Then 5  he left them and went away.

Matthew 16:6

Context
16:6 “Watch out,” Jesus said to them, “beware of the yeast of the Pharisees 6  and Sadducees.” 7 

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 Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

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

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



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