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Matthew 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Demand for a Sign

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:1 - The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:2 - He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:3 - and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:4 - A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:5 - When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:6 - “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:7 - They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:8 - Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:9 - Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:10 - Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:11 - How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:12 - Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:13 - When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:14 - They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:15 - “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:16 - Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:17 - Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:18 - And I tell you that you are Peter,[fn] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[fn] will not overcome it.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:19 - I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[fn] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[fn] loosed in heaven.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:20 - Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus Predicts His Death

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:21 - From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:22 - Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:23 - Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:24 - Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:25 - For whoever wants to save their life[fn] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:26 - 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?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:27 - For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 16:28 - “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
NIV Footnotes
Some early manuscripts do not have When evening comes ? of the times.
The Greek word for Peter means rock.
That is, the realm of the dead
Or will have been
Or will have been
The Greek word means either life or soul; also in verse 26.
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