Matthew 16

The Pharisees and Sadducees Demand Signs

1 Then the a Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; 3 "and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' 1 Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 b "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of 2 the prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

5 Now c when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said to them, d "Take heed and beware of the 3 leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." 7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." 8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you 4 have brought no bread? 9 e "Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 f "Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 "How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? - but to beware of the 5 leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the 6 doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, g "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said, h "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or i one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do j you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, k "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon BarJonah, l for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but m My Father who is in heaven. 18 "And I also say to you that n you are Peter, and o on this rock I will build My church, and p the gates of Hades shall not 7 prevail against it. 19 q "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth 8 will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." 20 r Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began s to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 9 "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" 23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, t Satan! u You are 10 an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

24 v Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and w follow Me. 25 "For x whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 "For what y profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or z what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 "For a the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father b with His angels, c and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 "Assuredly, I say to you, d there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 12:38
    Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.
    Mark 8:11
    Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him.
    Luke 11:16
    Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.
    Luke 12:54 - 56
    Then He also said to the multitudes, "Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming'; and so it is.
    1 Corinthians 1:22
    For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom.
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 30:12
    There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
    Matthew 12:39
    But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.
    Luke 11:29
    And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, "This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
    Luke 24:46
    Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.
  3. Cross References
    Mark 8:14
    Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat.
  4. Cross References
    Mark 8:15
    Then He charged them, saying, "Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.
    Luke 12:1
    In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 14:15 - 21
    When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.
    Mark 6:30 - 44
    Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.
    Luke 9:10 - 17
    And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
    John 6:1 - 14
    After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.
  6. Cross References
    Matthew 15:32 - 38
    Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.
    Mark 8:1 - 9
    In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them.
  7. Cross References
    Mark 8:27
    Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?
    Luke 9:18
    And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, "Who do the crowds say that I am?
  8. Cross References
    Matthew 14:2
    And said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.
    Luke 9:7 - 9
    Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 21:11
    So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.
  10. Cross References
    John 6:67
    Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 14:33
    Then those who were in the boat came and worshi...
    Mark 8:29
    He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?...
    Luke 9:20
    He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?...
    John 6:69
    "Also we have come to believe and know that You...
    John 11:27
    She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You...
    Acts 8:37
    Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your...
    Acts 9:20
    Immediately he preached the Christ in the synag...
    Hebrews 1:2
    Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,...
    Hebrews 1:5
    For to which of the angels did He ever say: "Yo...
    1 John 4:15
    Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God,...
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 11:27
    All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
    1 Corinthians 2:10
    But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
    Galatians 1:16
    To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.
  14. Cross References
    John 1:42
    And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is translated, A Stone).
  15. Cross References
    Acts 2:41
    Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
    Ephesians 2:20
    Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone.
    Revelation 21:14
    Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
  16. Cross References
    Job 33:17
    In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man.
    Psalms 9:13
    Have mercy on me, O LORD! Consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death.
    Psalms 107:18
    Their soul abhorred all manner of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
    Isaiah 38:10
    I said, "In the prime of my life I shall go to the gates of Sheol; I am deprived of the remainder of my years.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 18:18
    Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
    John 20:23
    "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
  18. Cross References
    Matthew 17:9
    Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.
    Mark 8:30
    Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
    Luke 9:21
    And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one.
  19. Cross References
    Matthew 20:17
    Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twel...
    Mark 8:31
    And He began to teach them that the Son of Man ...
    Mark 9:31
    For He taught His disciples and said to them, "...
    Luke 9:22
    Saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things...
    Luke 18:31
    Then He took the twelve aside and said to them,...
    Luke 24:46
    Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and ...
    John 2:19
    Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this ...
  20. Cross References
    Matthew 4:10
    Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'
  21. Cross References
    Romans 8:7
    Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
  22. Cross References
    Mark 8:34
    When He had called the people to Himself, with ...
    Luke 9:23
    Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to...
    Acts 14:22
    Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhor...
    2 Corinthians 4:10
    Always carrying about in the body the dying of ...
    2 Corinthians 4:11
    For we who live are always delivered to death f...
    1 Thessalonians 3:3
    That no one should be shaken by these afflictio...
    2 Timothy 3:12
    Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ...
  23. Cross References
    1 Peter 2:21
    For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
  24. Cross References
    Luke 17:33
    Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
    John 12:25
    He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
  25. Cross References
    Luke 12:20
    "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
    Luke 12:21
    "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 49:7
    None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him -
    Psalms 49:8
    For the redemption of their souls is costly, And it shall cease forever -
  27. Cross References
    Matthew 26:64
    Jesus said to him, " It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.
    Mark 8:38
    "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
    Luke 9:26
    For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.
  28. Cross References
    Daniel 7:10
    A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.
    Zechariah 14:5
    Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, And all the saints with You.
  29. Cross References
    Job 34:11
    For He repays man according to his work, And ma...
    Psalms 62:12
    Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You ren...
    Proverbs 24:12
    If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does...
    Romans 2:6
    Who "will render to each one according to his d...
    2 Corinthians 5:10
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat...
    1 Peter 1:17
    And if you call on the Father, who without part...
    Revelation 2:23
    I will kill her children with death, and all th...
  30. Cross References
    Mark 9:1
    And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God -present with power.
    Luke 9:27
    "But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God."
    Acts 7:55
    But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
    Acts 7:56
    And said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!
    Revelation 19:11
    Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
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