John 2:18
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English Standard Version
So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?”

King James Bible
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

American Standard Version
The Jews therefore answered and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to him: What sign dost thou shew unto us, seeing thou dost these things?

English Revised Version
The Jews therefore answered and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then answered the Jews, and said to him, What sign showest thou to us, seeing that thou doest these things?

Weymouth New Testament
So the Jews asked Him, "What proof of your authority do you exhibit to us, seeing that you do these things?"

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Vincent's Word Studies

Answered

Often used in reply to an objection or criticism, or to something present in another's mind, as John 19:7, or John 3:3, where Jesus answers with reference to the error in Nicodemus' mind, rather than in direct reply to his address.

Destroy this temple (λύσατε τὸν ναὸν τοῦτον)

Destroy, Literally, loosen. Wyc., undo. See on Mark 13:2; see on Luke 9:12; see on Acts 5:38. Notice that the word for temple is ναὸν, sanctuary (see on John 2:14). This temple points to the literal temple, which is truly a temple only as it is the abode of God, hence sanctuary, but with a typical reference to Jesus' own person as the holy dwelling-place of God who "was in Christ." Compare 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:17. Christ's death was therefore the pulling down of the temple, and His resurrection its rebuilding. The imperative in destroy is of the nature of a challenge. Compare fill ye up, Matthew 23:32.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

What.

John 6:30 They said therefore to him, What sign show you then, that we may see, and believe you? what do you work?

Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from you.

*etc:

Matthew 16:1-4 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven...

Mark 8:11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him.

Luke 11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign...

seeing.

John 1:25 And they asked him, and said to him, Why baptize you then, if you be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said...

Mark 11:27,28 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes...

Luke 20:1,2 And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel...

Acts 4:7 And when they had set them in the middle, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have you done this?

Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach in this name? and, behold...

Cross References
Exodus 7:9
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Prove yourselves by working a miracle,' then you shall say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.'"

1 Kings 13:3
And he gave a sign the same day, saying, "This is the sign that the LORD has spoken: 'Behold, the altar shall be torn down, and the ashes that are on it shall be poured out.'"

Matthew 12:38
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, "Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you."

John 1:19
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

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