15 He *said to them, “But who do you yourselves say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are (A)the [a]Christ, (B)the Son of (C)the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, (D)Simon [b]Barjona, because (E)flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are [c](F)Peter, and upon this [d]rock I will build My church; and the gates of (G)Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you (H)the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and (I)whatever you [e]bind on earth [f]shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you [g]loose on earth [h]shall have been loosed in heaven.”

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  1. Matthew 16:16 I.e., Messiah
  2. Matthew 16:17 I.e., son of Jonah
  3. Matthew 16:18 Gr Petros, a stone
  4. Matthew 16:18 Gr petra, massive rock formation; bedrock
  5. Matthew 16:19 I.e., forbid
  6. Matthew 16:19 Gr fut. pft. pass. tense
  7. Matthew 16:19 I.e., permit
  8. Matthew 16:19 Gr fut. pft. pass. tense

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