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19 I will give you the keys[a] of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.”[b] 20 He then gave his disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was God’s Anointed One.

Jesus Prophesies His Death and Resurrection

21 From then on Jesus began to clearly reveal to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer injustice[c] from the elders, leading priests, and religious scholars. He also explained that he would be killed and three days later be raised to life again.

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  1. Matthew 16:19 The “keys” are symbols of authority and ruling power. See Isa. 22:22.
  2. Matthew 16:19 Or “Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven.” Or “That which you forbid on earth must be that which is already forbidden in heaven, and that which you permit on earth must be that which is already permitted in heaven.”
  3. Matthew 16:21 The Hebrew Matthew adds, “many scourgings and many mockings.”

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