Bible: Matthew 12:38-45

The Sign of Jonah

12:38 Then some of the experts in the law 1  along with some Pharisees 2  answered him, 3 Teacher, we want to see a sign 4  from you.” 12:39 But he answered them, 5 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 6  for three days and three nights, 7  so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 12:41 The people 8  of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them 9  – and now, 10  something greater than Jonah is here! 12:42 The queen of the South 11  will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, 12  something greater than Solomon is here!

The Return of the Unclean Spirit

12:43When 13  an unclean spirit 14  goes out of a person, 15  it passes through waterless places 16  looking for rest but 17  does not find it. 12:44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the home I left.’ 18  When it returns, 19  it finds the house 20  empty, swept clean, and put in order. 21  12:45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there, so 22  the last state of that person is worse than the first. It will be that way for this evil generation as well!

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