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The Sign of Jonah
29Â As the crowds increased, Jesus said, â€œThis is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30Â For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31Â The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomonâ€™s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32Â The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.
The Lamp of the Body
33Â â€œNo one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34Â Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35Â See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36Â Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.â€
Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law
37Â When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38Â But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.
39Â Then the Lord said to him, â€œNow then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40Â You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? 41Â But now as for what is inside youâ€”be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
42Â â€œWoe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.
43Â â€œWoe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.
44Â â€œWoe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which people walk over without knowing it.â€
45Â One of the experts in the law answered him, â€œTeacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.â€
46Â Jesus replied, â€œAnd you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
47Â â€œWoe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48Â So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.49Â Because of this, God in his wisdom said, â€˜I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.â€™ 50Â Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51Â from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
52Â â€œWoe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.â€
53Â When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions,54Â waiting to catch him in something he might say.