Matthew 12:39
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English Standard Version
But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

King James Bible
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

American Standard Version
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given it but the sign of Jonah the prophet:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who answering said to them: An evil and adulterous generation seeketh a sign: and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

English Revised Version
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet:

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered and said to them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign, and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Weymouth New Testament
"Wicked and faithless generation!" He replied, "they clamour for a sign, but none shall be given to them except the sign of the Prophet Jonah.

Matthew 12:39 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Adulterous (μοιχαλὶς)

A very strong and graphic expression, founded upon the familiar Hebrew representation of the relation of God's people to him under the figure of marriage. See Psalm 73:27; Isaiah 57:3 sqq.; Isaiah 62:5; Ezekiel 23:27. Hence idolatry and intercourse with Gentiles were described as adultery; and so here, of moral unfaithfulness to God. Compare James 4:4 :; Revelation 2:20 sqq. Thus Dante:

"Where Michael wrought

Vengeance upon the proud adultery."

Inf., vii., 12.

Matthew 12:39 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

adulterous.

Isaiah 57:3 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Mark 8:38 Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation...

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?...

no sign.

Matthew 16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas...

Luke 11:29,30 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign...

Cross References
2 Kings 14:25
He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher.

Jonah 1:1
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Matthew 16:4
An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah." So he left them and departed.

Mark 8:12
And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."

Luke 11:29
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.

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