38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you. 39But he answered them, An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was for three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. 41The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! 42The queen of the South will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!
43 When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. 44Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came. When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.
46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him.
47Someone told him, Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.*
48But to the one who had told him this, Jesus* replied, Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?
49And pointing to his disciples, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers!
50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
22Thus says the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,
2and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah sitting on the throne of Davidyou, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates.
3Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.
4For if you will indeed obey this word, then through the gates of this house shall enter kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their servants, and their people.
5But if you will not heed these words, I swear by myself, says the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.
6For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:
You are like Gilead to me,
like the summit of Lebanon;
but I swear that I will make you a desert,
an uninhabited city.*
7 I will prepare destroyers against you,
all with their weapons;
they shall cut down your choicest cedars
and cast them into the fire.
8 And many nations will pass by this city, and all of them will say one to another, Why has the Lord dealt in this way with that great city?
9And they will answer, Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods and served them.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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