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Matthew 16:1-28

16  And the Pharisees and Sadducees came to him and, as a test challenged him to show them a token from heaven; 2*  but he answered them 3  —— 4  “A wicked and adulterous generation is in quest of a token, and will be given none but the token of Jonah”; and he left them and went away. 5  And the disciples failed to take bread when they came to the other side; 6  and Jesus said to them “See that you beware of Pharisee and Sadducee yeast.” 7  And they questioned among themselves, saying “We did not take bread.” 8  But Jesus, finding it out, said “Why are you questioning among yourselves, little-faiths, because you have not bread? 9  do you not yet see the point, nor remember the five cakes of bread for the five thousand and how many baskets you got? 10  nor the seven cakes for the four thousand and how many hampers you got? 11  how is it you do not see that I did not speak to you of bread? but beware of Pharisee and Sadducee yeast.” 12*  Then they understood that he had not been telling them to beware of yeast of bread, but of Pharisee and Sadducee teaching. 13  And Jesus came into the parts about Caesarea Philippi, and there he asked his disciples “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14  and they said “Some John the Baptist, and others Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15  Said he to them, “And who do you say I am?” 16  and Simon Peter answered “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.” 17  And Jesus answered him “Happy are you, Simon Bar-Jonah; because it was not flesh and blood that disclosed it to you, but my Father in heaven. 18  And I tell you, you are Peter” [in English, “you are a Rock”], “and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of the realm of death shall not prevail against it. 19  I will give you the keys of the Reign of Heaven, and what you declare unlawful on earth shall be declared unlawful in heaven, and what you declare lawful on earth shall be declared lawful in heaven.” 20*  Then he told the disciples peremptorily not to say to anyone that he was the Messiah. 21  Thenceforth Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer a great deal from the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed, and rise on the third day. 22*  And Peter took him in hand and began to rebuke him, saying “Away with the thought, sir; this shall not happen to you.” 23  But he turned and said to Peter “Go behind me, Satan; you are my snare, because you do not have God’s ideas but men’s.” 24  Then Jesus said to his disciples “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him disown himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25*  For whoever wishes to save his self will lose it, but whoever loses his self on my account will find it. 26  For what good will a man get if he makes a profit of the whole world and a loss of his self? or what shall a man give as an equivalent for his self? 27  For the Son of Man is to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and will then repay each one according to his actions. 28  I tell you verily there are some of those who stand here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in his royal reign.”


16:2 Var. adds as Jesus’s first words When evening comes you say ‘Fair weather, for the sky is red’; (verse 3) and in the morning ‘Storm today, for the sky is angrily red.’ You know how to distinguish the face of the sky, but the tokens of times you cannot. Or Do you know how . . . and cannot the tokens of times?
16:12 Var. omits of bread Another var. of the Pharisees and Sadducees’ leaven, but
16:20 Var. he charged the disciples not to
16:22 Var. and said to him rebukingly
16:25-26 (four times) Or his life