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

  • Lu2677
    Vuiswha,Ps.119:20"My flesh trembles for fear of thee:I am afraid of thy judgments."(God still judges)V.39"Turn away my reproach which I fear:for thy judgments are good"Ps111:10"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:a good understanding have all they that do his commandments" Also see, John 8:31-32.(One who abides in Him,knows Him)
  • Irene123
    J.W. - "turn the hearts of the disobedient to the just." That's an interesting way to put it. Another is - the hearts of the fathers - the believing Jews - to the children - the hungry Gentiles. And this is what happened with Peter and then Paul. Their ministry took them from the believing Jews to the Gentiles. The Jews were the 'fathers' in that they heard first, then they produced children.
  • A disciple
    Dear Vuiswa kganathe; Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Have you been made to feel guilty because of sins and things you've done wrong; and have prayed to God in Jesus' name with repentance? Have you resolved in your heart to from now on turn your back on your old ways and the world, to follow Jesus?
  • Bruce
    Vuiswa: No man can come to Christ,except The Father draw him:John6:44 / ask Forgiveness:1John1:9 / You will be Washed with His Blood: Revelation 1:5 / Baptized with The Holy Ghost: Mark1:8 / You will be Changed: 2Corinthians 5:17,you will be made New! Impossible not to know!
  • Vuiswa kganathe
    it made me wander if i do really know who is Jesus. if i know him, i my following his commandments as i should? so hepl me God to trust and obey. Most of all to know HIM
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    I know He is Christ, the Son of the Living God. He has proven Himself to me to be so, over and over again. Praise His Holy Name. By the way, my name is Peter!

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