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

  • Penni Carter
    It is so easy to get comfortable in idle chatter, but how can we say that we are good and love the Lord? God sees and hears what comes out of our mouths, and out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. We are nothing but filthy rags just idly saying nothing about nothing. Although we may speak quietly where we think no one else can hear, God does! I know our world must repent for idle talk
  • A disciple
    Emanuel; I think it might be best to just let you be with your ideas for now; seeing you really don't seem to want anything else. The doctrine that proves sound is that which will support our overcoming this present evil world; both now, and in the Day of God. Let me leave you with this recommendation only; that you study carefully 2 Peter, especially the first chapter; as it is the foundation.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    why dont you pray to God for discernment I actually study and meditate on the bible by reading these comments I see most of you just read it .THIS IS NOT MANS WORDS THIS IS GODS WORD. Reading is not good enough I medtitate DAILY. Study to shew thyself approved which your not dont know if your saved or a babe in christ. NOT A NOVICE BEING LIFTED UP WITH PRIDE!
  • A disciple
    Emanuel; I did read through carefully all that you wrote; and I'm saying that you are very mistaken! Jesus being here on earth or in heaven has nothing to do with whether men let Satan enter their hearts to blaspheme the Spirit. And the Lord said precisely without any room for confusion or misunderstanding: The Blasphemy of the Spirit HAS NO FORGIVENESS; not in this world, nor the next one coming!
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    If you actually read not skim my comments you would get my point. I said there is no way to blasphem and not be forgiven. You can blaspheme the Holy Ghost and be forgiven. The Pharisee we're not to be forgiven because Jesus was physically here on earth. That's the difference! Charamastic believe YOU CANT BE FORGIVEN TODAY WHICH IS WRONG. Does anyone TRULY LABOR IN THE WORD ANYMORE?
  • Jen
    2 Timothy 2:15.. There are different dispensations in the Bible, and the gospels are not written to Christians during the church age that we are now in. The blasphemy of the Holy Ghost was only possible to Jesus Christ when He was on the earth in bodily form; not the indwelling person of the Holy Ghost in born again believers today. It will also be when He comes on the earth again.

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