15 “But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”

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

17 And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah,[a](B) you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.(C) 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock[c] I will build My church,(D) and the forces[d] of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,(E) and whatever you bind on earth is already bound[e] in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed[f] in heaven.”

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  1. Matthew 16:17 Or son of John
  2. Matthew 16:18 Peter (Gk Petros) = a specific stone or rock
  3. Matthew 16:18 Rock (Gk petra) = a rocky crag or bedrock
  4. Matthew 16:18 Lit gates
  5. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be bound
  6. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be loosed