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Matthew 16:18-28 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock[b] I will build My church, and the forces[c] of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound[d] in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed[e] in heaven.”

20 And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was[f] the Messiah.

His Death and Resurrection Predicted

21 From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no,[g] Lord! This will never happen to You!”

23 But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns,[h] but man’s.”

Take Up Your Cross

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done. 28 I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”


  1. Matthew 16:18 Peter (Gk Petros) = a specific stone or rock
  2. Matthew 16:18 Rock (Gk petra) = a rocky crag or bedrock
  3. Matthew 16:18 Lit gates
  4. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be bound
  5. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be loosed
  6. Matthew 16:20 Other mss add Jesus
  7. Matthew 16:22 Lit Mercy to You = May God have mercy on You
  8. Matthew 16:23 Lit about the things of God

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