16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”(A)

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood,(B) but by my Father in heaven.(C) 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a](D) and on this rock I will build my church,(E) and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys(F) of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”(G) 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone(H) that he was the Messiah.

Jesus Predicts His Death(I)

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem(J) and suffer many things(K) at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,(L) and that he must be killed(M) and on the third day(N) be raised to life.(O)

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan!(P) You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.(Q) 25 For whoever wants to save their life[e] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.(R)

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  1. Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
  2. Matthew 16:18 That is, the realm of the dead
  3. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
  4. Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
  5. Matthew 16:25 The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26.

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,(A) 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man(B) did not come to be served, but to serve,(C) and to give his life as a ransom(D) for many.”

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