For as Jonah was a sign of repentance unto the Ninevites, even so shall the Son of
Man be unto this generation.
Summary:Yeshua made reference to Ninevah while responding to scribes and Pharisees
who had challenged him to provide a sign that he was truly from God. In the context
of Jewish scripture, Ninevah was an ancient city of Assyria deemed wicked and depraved.
When God sent the prophet Jonah to preach repentance to the inhabitants of Ninevah,
they turned from wickedness and God spared them from destruction. Yeshua uses this
familiar story to reveal the hypocrisy and pride of the scribes and Pharisees of
Israel (Y:11:85-88; Y:20:26-27).
And in judgment shall all Ninevah come forth to judge you, for they repented long
ago at the preaching of Jonah, and now is there come among you one which is greater
than Jonah, and you will not repent.
Come now and before the people answer, unto whom was the prophet Jonah sent: Israel
And when he had completed all which God had sent him to do, unto whom did God show
forth great mercy: Israel or Ninevah?