The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Corinthians 1:22
For the Jews require a sign…
The Jews had always been
used to miracles, in confirmation of the mission of the prophets
sent unto them, and therefore insisted on a sign proving Jesus to be
the true Messiah; except signs and wonders were wrought, they would
not believe; and though miracles were wrought in great numbers, and
such as never man did, they remained incredulous, and persisted in
demanding a sign from heaven, and in their own way; and it was told
them that no other sign should be given them, but that of the prophet
Jonah, by which was signified the resurrection of Christ from the dead;
this was given them, and yet they believed not, but went on to require
a sign still; nothing but miracles would do with them, and they must be
such as they themselves pleased: the Alexandrian copy, and some others,
and the Vulgate Latin version, read "signs", in the plural number:
and the Greeks seek after wisdom;
the wisdom of the world, natural
wisdom, philosophy, the reason of things, the flowers of rhetoric,
the ornaments of speech, the beauties of oratory, the justness of
style and diction; as for doctrines they regarded none, but such as
they could comprehend with, and account for by their carnal reason,
everything else they despised and exploded. Hence we often read F12
of (tynwwy tmkx) , "the Grecian wisdom", or wisdom of the Greeks;
which, the Jews say F13, lay in metaphors and dark sayings, which
were not understood but by them that were used to it; the study of
it was forbidden by them, though some of their Rabbins were
conversant with it F14.
F12 T. Bab Menachot, fol 99. 2. Bava Kama, fol. 82. 2.
F13 Maimon & Bartenora in Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 14.
F14 Shalshelet Hakabala, fol. 25. 1. Ganz. Tzemach David, par. 3. fol.