Matthew 16:4

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a signe, and there shall no signe be giuen vnto it, but the signe of the Prophet Ionas. And hee left them, and departed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah. And He left them and went away."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah. And he left them, and departed.
- American Standard Version (1901)

An evil and false generation is searching after a sign; and no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. And he went away from them.
- Basic English Bible

A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it save the sign of Jonas. And he left them and went away.
- Darby Bible

A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign; and there shall no sign been to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah. And he left them, and departed.
- Webster's Bible

A wicked and faithless generation are eager for a sign; but none shall be given to them except the sign of Jonah." and He left them and went away.
- Weymouth Bible

An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and there will be no sign given to it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah." He left them, and departed.
- World English Bible

Thanne ye kunne deme the face of heuene, but ye moun not wite the tokenes of tymes. An yuel generacioun and auoutresse sekith a tokene; and a tokene schal not be youun to it, but the tokene of Jonas, the profete. And whanne he hadde left hem, he wente forth.
- Wycliffe Bible

`A generation evil and adulterous doth seek a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet;' and having left them he went away.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 16:4


16:4 A wicked and adulterous generation - Ye would seek no farther sign, did not your wickedness, your love of the world, which is spiritual adultery, blind your understanding.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 16:4


Mt 16:4 The sign of the prophet Jonas. See PNT "Mt 12:40".

Discussion for Matthew 16

  • Lungo
    As for verse 28 it tells us that we won't be completely died when Jesus shall come again...some will be found still living and those who shall be found righteous shall never test death ........that's my view through the spirit of the living God.......Amen
  • Jo-An
    I am understanding what he is telling them a little better then I have been. I sit and think about what I have read and that s how I get my true understanding. I am going to continue to read the word and see if I really understanding. I ask the Lord to help me to really understand what he is telling. I love reading the Bible like this I can see the print better.
  • Marlene
    The chapter depicts Jesus boldness and determination to complete is purpose on earth which is to redeem the soul of man and to take his father God kingdom to heart of man. I however am having a difficulty interpreting verse 28. Can someone explain/
  • June Payton
    Matthew 16 teaches us love, trust and obedience. Self must be completely sacrificed as we give of ourselves as God leads us through His love, the guidance and love of Jesus Christ.
  • Irene Berry
    I love when Jesus talks with his disciples.
  • Cornetta epps
    I really like this chapter didn't know much at first but my grandfather help me get a better understanding love every verse in chapter 16... THANKS GOD FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.

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