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40 Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,[a] so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

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Footnotes

  1. 12:40 See Jon 2:1. While in Q the sign was simply Jonah’s preaching to the Ninevites (Lk 11:30, 32), Matthew here adds Jonah’s sojourn in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights, a prefigurement of Jesus’ sojourn in the abode of the dead and, implicitly, of his resurrection.

(A)An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah.”[a] Then he left them and went away.

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  1. 16:4 See notes on Mt 12:39, 40.

30 Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.

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that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures;(A)

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