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The queen of the south will rise up in the Judgment with this generation, and will condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and Look!, someone greater than Solomon is here. Bible

queen of the south.” This is who the Old Testament refer to as the “Queen of Sheba,” here called the “Queen of the South” (1 Kings 10:1-2; 2 Chron. 9:1).

“will rise up in the Judgment with this generation.” This is one of the clearer verses showing that dead people are dead in the ground awaiting the resurrection and Judgment Day. The Bible does not teach that people die and go to heaven or “hell,” but rather that they are dead in the ground and awaiting the resurrection. The Queen of Sheba, who lived almost 3000 years ago, at the time of Solomon, is still dead in the ground and awaiting her resurrection, at which time she will be judged. [For more on the resurrections, see commentary on Acts 24:15. For more on the dead being dead, see Appendix 4, “The Dead are Dead”].

“and will condemn it.” This statement of Jesus, along with his reason, that she came from the ends of the earth to hear Solomon, implies that she will be in the Resurrection of the Righteous and have everlasting life.

“Look!” The Greek word is idou (#2400 ἰδού), and it is used to get our attention. See commentary on Matthew 1:20 (“Look!).

someone greater.” See commentary on Matthew 12:41.


Commentary for: Matthew 12:42