“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.”
King James Version (KJV)
16:1 A sign from heaven - Such they imagined Satan could not counterfeit. #Mark 8:11|; Matt 12:38.
Mt 16:1 The Foundation of the Church SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 16: A Sign Demanded. The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. At Caesarea Philippi. The Elias Who Should Come. The Confession of Peter. The Rock on Which the Church Should Be Founded. The Keys. Christ's Death at Jerusalem Foretold. The Rebuke of Peter. Losing Life and Finding It. The Coming of the Son of Man. The Pharisees also with the Sadducees. Compare Mr 8:10-13. For description of these two sects, see PNT "Mt 3:7". It is the first time the latter party is mentioned as opposed to Christ. A sign from heaven. Some mighty, visible miracle. See Mt 12:38. Still in Paul's time "the Jews required a sign (1Co 1:22).