Mark 3:16

16 He appointed the twelve: 1Simon (to whom 2he gave the name Peter);

Mark 3:16 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 3:16

And Simon he surnamed Peter.
] Or Cephas, which signifies a rock, or stone, because of his courage and constancy, his strength and fortitude, steadiness and firmness of mind: this name was imposed upon him, not at the time of his mission as an apostle; nor when he made that noble confession of his faith in Christ, as the Son of the living God, at which time this name was taken notice of; but when Christ first called him to be his disciple and apostle; see ( John 1:42 ) .

Mark 3:16 In-Context

14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach
15 and have authority to cast out demons.
16 He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter);
17 James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder);
18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean,

Cross References 2

  • 1. For ver. 16-19, see Matthew 10:2-4; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13
  • 2. Matthew 16:18; John 1:42