03 Aug Matthew 12 – The Wisdom of Solomon – The Gospels
1 29 How, again, can anyone get into a strong man’s house and carry off his goods, without first securing him? And not until then will they begin plundering his house. 30 Those that are not with me are against me, and those who do not help me to gather are scattering.”
31 “Therefore, I tell you that all will be forgiven every sin and slander; but slander against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 2 32 Whoever speaks against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in the present age, or in the age to come. 33 You must assume either that both tree and fruit are good, or that both tree and fruit are worthless; since it is by its fruits that a tree is known.”
34 “You brood of vipers! How can you, evil as you are, say anything good? For what fills the heart will rise to the lips. 35 Good neighbors, from their good stores, produce good things; while evil neighbors, from their evil stores, produces evil things. 36 I tell you that every careless thing that is said must be answered for in the day of judgment. 37 For it is by your words that you will be acquitted, and by your words that you will be condemned.”
38 At this point, some teachers of the law and Pharisees interposed. “Teacher,” they said, ” we want to see some sign from you.” 39 “It is a wicked and unfaithful generation,” answered Jesus, “that asks for a sign, and no sign shall be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For, just as ‘Jonah was inside the sea-monster three days and three nights,’ so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
41 “At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation, and will condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s proclamation; and here is more than a Jonah! 42 At the judgment the queen of the south will rise up with the present generation, and will condemn it, because she came from the very ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and here is more than a Solomon!”
43 “No sooner does a foul spirit leave someone, than it passes through places where there is no water, in search of rest, and does not find it. 44 Then it says: ‘I will go back to the home which I left’; but, on coming there, it finds it unoccupied, and swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in, and make their home there; and the last state of that person proves to be worse than the first. So, too, will it be with this wicked generation.”
46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers were standing outside, asking to speak to him. 47 Someone told him this, and Jesus replied: 48 “Who is my mother? and who are my brothers?” 49 Then, stretching out his hands towards his disciples, he said: “Here are my mother and my brothers! 50 For anyone who does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother and mother.”
- Explore commentary on the Kingdom of God as found in the Gospel of Matthew in Chapter 3 of The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life: Thy Kingdom Come.
- Read about the slander against the Holy Spirit and its relationship to the Lord’s Prayer at: As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us Meaning.