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Matthew 16:13–28

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

16:13–16pp—Mk 8:27–29; Lk 9:18–20

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;z others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”a

15 But what about you?” he asked. Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”b

17 Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood,c but by my Father in heaven.d 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,b e and on this rock I will build my church,f and the gates of Hadesc will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keysg of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bed bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bee loosed in heaven.”h 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyonei that he was the Messiah.

Jesus Predicts His Death

16:21–28pp—Mk 8:31–9:1; Lk 9:22–27

21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalemj and suffer many thingsk at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,l and that he must be killedm and on the third dayn be raised to life.o

22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan!p You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.q 25 For whoever wants to save their lifef will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.r 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Mans is going to comet in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.u

28 Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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