Mark 8:11
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New International Version
The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.

New Living Translation
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came and started to argue with him. Testing him, they demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

English Standard Version
The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.

Berean Study Bible
Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus. They tested Him by demanding from Him a sign from heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
And the Pharisees went out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.

New American Standard Bible
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.

King James Bible
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, demanding of Him a sign from heaven to test Him.

International Standard Version
The Pharisees arrived and began arguing with Jesus. They tested him by demanding from him a sign from heaven.

NET Bible
Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking for a sign from heaven to test him.

New Heart English Bible
The Pharisees came out and began to question him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, and testing him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Pharisees came out and they began to inquire with him and they were asking him for a sign from Heaven, while tempting him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Pharisees went to Jesus and began to argue with him. They tested him by demanding that he perform a miraculous sign from heaven.

New American Standard 1977
And the Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Pharisees came forth and began to argue with him, demanding of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, testing him.

American King James Version
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

American Standard Version
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, trying him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, asking him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Pharisees went out and began to dispute against him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

English Revised Version
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Weymouth New Testament
The Pharisees followed Him and began to dispute with Him, asking Him for a sign in the sky, to make trial of Him.

World English Bible
The Pharisees came out and began to question him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, and testing him.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with him, seeking from him a sign from the heaven, tempting him;
Study Bible
The Demand for a Sign
10He got into the boat with His disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha. 11Then the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus. They tested Him by demanding from Him a sign from heaven. 12Jesus sighed deeply in His spirit and said, “Why does this generation demand a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”…
Cross References
Matthew 12:38
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."

Matthew 16:1
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came and tested Jesus by asking Him to show them a sign from heaven.

Luke 11:16
And others tested Him by demanding a sign from heaven.

John 8:6
They said this to test Him, in order to have a basis for accusing Him. But Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with His finger.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Pharisees.

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Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, …

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Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders …

Matthew 22:15,18,23,34,35 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

Luke 11:53,54 And as he said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees …

John 7:48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

seeking.

Luke 11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.

Luke 12:54-57 And he said also to the people, When you see a cloud rise out of …

John 4:48 Then said Jesus to him, Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.

John 6:30 They said therefore to him, What sign show you then, that we may …

1 Corinthians 1:22,23 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom…

tempting.

Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, …

Exodus 17:2,7 Why the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that …

Deuteronomy 6:16 You shall not tempt the LORD your God, as you tempted him in Massah.

Malachi 3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yes, they that work wickedness are …

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, …

Acts 5:9 Then Peter said to her, How is it that you have agreed together to …

1 Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were …

(11-12) And the Pharisees came forth.--See Notes on Matthew 16:1-4. St. Mark, it may be noted, docs not mention the presence of the Pharisees, and gives only part of our Lord's answer. On the other and, he characteristically describes the "sighing deeply in spirit" in Mark 8:12, which St. Matthew does not give.

Verse 11. - And the Pharisees came forth - St. Matthew (Matthew 16:1) says that the Sadducees came with them - and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. They had already asked for a sign from heaven (Matthew 12:38); but now this miracle gives them occasion to ask again. For when they saw how greatly it was extolled by the multitudes who had benefited by it, it was easy for them to urge that it was an earthly sign, and might have been wrought by him who is called "the God of this world;" and so they insinuated that he had wrought this miracle as well as his other miracles by the power of Satan. Therefore they seek a sign from heaven, that he who dwells in heaven might thus bear witness that he came from God, and that his doctrine was Divine; the Pharisees probably meant that if he did this they would believe in him as the Messiah, and lead the people to the same faith. The Sadducees, who were practically atheists, thought that no sign could be given from heaven by God, seeing that in their opinion it was doubtful whether there was any God to give it. And the Pharisees came forth,.... Out of their houses; who dwelt in the coasts of Magdala, and parts of Dalmanutha, and came to Jesus, hearing of his being arrived in their neighbourhood:

and began to question with him; or to dispute with him, it being their manner to carry on disputations by questions and answers. The Persic version has the question they put, and about which they disputed, "if thou art the Christ"; in proof of which they required a sign:

seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him; See Gill on Matthew 16:1. 11. seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him—not in the least desiring evidence for their conviction, but hoping to entrap Him. The first part of the answer is given in Matthew alone (Mt 16:2, 3): "He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather; for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day: for the sky is red and lowering [sullen, gloomy]. Hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" The same simplicity of purpose and careful observation of the symptoms of approaching events which they showed in common things would enable them to "discern the signs of the times"—or rather "seasons," to which the prophets pointed for the manifestation of the Messiah. The scepter had departed from Judah; Daniel's seventy weeks were expiring, etc.; and many other significant indications of the close of the old economy, and preparations for a freer and more comprehensive one, might have been discerned. But all was lost upon them.8:11-21 Obstinate unbelief will have something to say, though ever so unreasonable. Christ refused to answer their demand. If they will not be convinced, they shall not. Alas! what cause we have to lament for those around us, who destroy themselves and others by their perverse and obstinate unbelief, and enmity to the gospel! When we forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves his disciples. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning, disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence?
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