Matthew Chapter 12, Verse 42

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42: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.— edit KJV text
42: The queen of the south shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold a greater than Solomon here.— edit Douay text


The queen of the south. That is, the queen of Sheba, 1 Kg 10:1. Sheba was probably a city of Arabia, situated to the south of Judea. Comp. See Barnes "Isa 60:6".


From the uttermost parts of the earth. This means simply from the most distant parts of the hospitable world then known. See a similar expression in Deut 28:49. As the knowledge of geography was limited, the place was in fact by no means in the extreme parts of the earth. It means that she came from a remote country; and she would condemn that generation, for she came a great distance to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and the Jews of that age would not listen to the wisdom of One much greater than Solomon, though present with them.

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