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Matthew 16:13-20 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Peter's Confession of the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,a He asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" b 14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 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!" 17 And Jesus responded, "Simon son of Jonah, c you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven. 18 It should be: And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound d in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed e in heaven." 20 And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He wasf the Messiah.
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