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    An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed. —Matthew 16:4 ESV

Earlier, in Matthew 12:39-40, we read that Jesus told his disciples the same thing:

    But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

J. C. Ryle makes this observation to help understand why Jesus might have repeated this statement:

This repetition shows us that our Lord was in the habit of saying the same things over again. He did not content Himself with…

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