Matthew 12:40

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For as Ionas was three dayes and three nights in the whales belly: so shal the sonne of man be three daies and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- Basic English Bible

For even as Jonas was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, thus shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
- Darby Bible

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- Webster's Bible

For just as Jonah was three days in the sea-monster's belly, so will the Son of Man be three days in the heart of the earth.
- Weymouth Bible

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
- World English Bible

For as Jonas was in the wombe of a whal thre daies and thre nyytis, so mannus sone shal be in the herte of the erthe thre daies and thre nyytis.
- Wycliffe Bible

for, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 12:40


12:40 Three days and three nights - It was customary with the eastern nations to reckon any part of a natural day of twenty - four hours, for the whole day. Accordingly they used to say a thing was done after three or seven days, if it was done on the third or seventh day, from that which was last mentioned. Instances of this may be seen, #1Kings 20:29|; and in many other places. And as the Hebrews had no word to express a natural day, they used night and day, or day and night for it. So that to say a thing happened after three days and three nights, was with them the very same, as to say, it happened after three days, or on the third day. See #Esther 4:16|; 5:1; Gen 7:4,12; Exod 24:18; 34:28. #Jonah 2:1|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 12:40


Mt 12:40 As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly. See Jon 1:17. The great fish was probably not a whale (the Greek is "ketos", "sea monster"), but a white shark, which abounds in the Mediterranean, and is said to swallow a horse whole. The miracle was the preservation of the life of Jonah during his living burial. This was a type of the burial and resurrection of Christ. So shall the Son of man be three days and three nights. Jesus says that he will "be raised again the third day" (Mt 16:21). Hence, in Jewish usage "the third day" must mean the same as "three days and three nights". It was and is customary with the Orientals to make any part of the day stand for the whole twenty-four hours. Compare Mt 16:21 Mr 8:31 2Ch 10:5 10:12 Es 4:16 Ge 7:4,12 Ex 24:18 34:28. A traveler in the East writes: ``At length the tenth morning arrived--the tenth morning because, though we performed nominally ten days quarantine, yet it was, really, only eight days. We landed at nine o'clock in the evening of the first day, and were liberated at six o'clock in the morning of the tenth day, but it was held to be ten days according to the custom of the East.'' Christ was buried Friday evening, lay in the grave Saturday, and rose Sunday, parts of three days, rose "on the third day", and was in the grave the space of time meant in eastern usage by three days and three nights. In the heart of the earth. In the sepulcher.

Discussion for Matthew 12

  • A disciple
    "Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew, he withdrew himself from thence: and great crowds followed him, and he healed them all; and charged them that they should not make him known:" Jesus doesn't overpower his enemies to show them by force; nor does He need public displays to further the Spirit's work for His righteous cause.
  • Irene123
    LU2677 - Yes, you are very right about "I believe". I had changed my mind about that, but hadn't gotten around to it. And I appreciate the way you presented your post - friendly, not condemning, judgmental, angry, and not holier-than-thou. These are not referring to you.
  • Lu2677
    I believe God's word is true; Matthew:36-37 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words, shalt thou be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
    The words "I believe" are not wrong to use, as long as they are followed by God's truth and not personal opinions, or imaginations.
  • Stephende
    Jesus demonstrates his Bible scholarship all thru out the NT. He is challenged at every turn by the Pharisees, who were scripture lawyers. Have you not read, he would tell, what was said of old concerning David, of whose lineage Jesus sprang forth, thru his mother, Mary. These accounts are meant for our sake! Irene correctly confirms the importance of the OT. Don't be phony Christians VP
  • Irene123
    There are people who start their comments with "I think" , "I believe" - and I have been guilty of that on here. We need to use Jesus' example; He said, "It is written", "It is said", "Have ye not read". He never once said, "I think" or I believe". Jesus KNEW the O.T. scriptures and He used them. It's not what we think or believe; it's what His word says. It's all about Him, not us.
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 12:25 AND JESUS KNEW THEIR THOUGHTS AND SAID UNTO THEM EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF IS BROUGHT TO DESOLATION AND EVERY CITY OR HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF SHALL NOT STAND

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