Matthew 16

Thither some Pharisees and Sadducees repaired, who, to try him, desired that he would show them a sign in the sky. He answering, said to them, In the evening you say, it will be fair weather, for the sky is red: and in the morning, There will be a storm to-day, for the sky is red and lowering. You can judge aright of the appearance of the sky, but can you not discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous race demands a sign, but no sign shall be given it, except the sign of the Prophet Jonah. Then leaving them he departed.

Now his disciples, before they came over, had forgot to bring loaves with them. Jesus said to them, Take head, and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. On which they said, reasoning among themselves, This is because we have brought no loaves with us. Jesus perceiving it, said, What do you reason amongst yourselves, O you distrustful! that I speak thus, because you have brought no loaves. Have you no reflection? or do you not remember the five loaves among the five thousand, and how many baskets you filled with the fragments: 10 nor the seven loaves among the four thousand, and how many hand-baskets you filled? 11 How is it, that you do not understand, that I spoke not concerning bread, when I bade you beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then they understood, that he cautioned them not against the leaven which the Pharisees and the Sadducees used in bread, but against their doctrine.

13 As Jesus was going to the district of Cesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Who do men say that the Son of Man is? 14 They answered, Some say, John the Immerser; others, Elijah; others, Jeremiah, or one of the Prophets. 15 But who, returned he, do you say that I am? 16 Simon Peter answering, said, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. 17 Jesus replying, said to him, Happy are you, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 I tell you, likewise, you are named Stone; and on this rock I will build my congregation, over which the gates of Hades shall not prevail. 19 Moreover, I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you shall bind on the earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you shall loose on the earth, shall be loosed in heaven. 20 Then he forbade his disciples to tell any many that he is the Messiah.

21 From that time Jesus began to disclose to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and there suffer much from the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and that he must be raised the third day. 22 On which, Peter taking him aside, reproved him, saying, Be this far from you, Master; this shall not befall you. 23 But he turning, said to Peter, Get you thence, adversary, you are an obstacle in my way; for you relish not the things of God, but the things of men.

24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come under my guidance, let him renounce himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For, whosoever would save his life, shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it. 26 What is a man profited, if he should gain the whole world, with the forfeit of his life? or what will a man not give in ransom for his life? 27 For the Son of Man, vested with his Father's glory, shall come hereafter with his heavenly messengers, and recompense every one according to his actions. 28 Indeed, I say to you, some of those who are present, shall not taste death, until they see the Son of Man enter upon his Reign.

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