New Living Translation

Matthew 16:16–18

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

17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John,* because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’),* and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell* will not conquer it.

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16:16 Or the Christ. Messiah (a Hebrew term) and Christ (a Greek term) both mean “anointed one.”


16:17 Greek Simon bar-Jonah; see John 1:42; 21:15–17.


16:18a Greek that you are Peter.


16:18b Greek and the gates of Hades.