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16 Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and [a]to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.

18 And I tell you, you are [b]Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a [c]huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the [d]infernal region) shall [e]not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 16:17 Alexander Souter, Pocket Lexicon.
  2. Matthew 16:18 The rock on which the church is built is traditionally interpreted as either Peter’s inspired confession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah, or it may be Peter himself (see Eph. 2:20).
  3. Matthew 16:18 Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies.
  4. Matthew 16:18 Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies.
  5. Matthew 16:18 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

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