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Matthew 16:13-19 (New International Version)

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Peter's Confession of Christ

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;1 others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."2 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,a the Son of the living God."3 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man,4 but by my Father in heaven.5 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,b6 and on this rock I will build my church,7 and the gates of Hadesc will not overcome it.d 19 I will give you the keys8 of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will bee bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will bef loosed in heaven."9
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