Matthew 16:13-20 

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Peter’s Confession of the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,[a] He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”[b]

14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But you,” He asked them, “who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!”

17 And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah,[c] you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter,[d] and on this rock[e] I will build My church, and the forces[f] of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound[g] in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed[h]in heaven.”

20 And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was[i] the Messiah.


  1. Matthew 16:13 A town north of Galilee at the base of Mount Hermon
  2. Matthew 16:13 Other mss read that I, the Son of Man, am
  3. Matthew 16:17 Or son of John
  4. Matthew 16:18 Peter (Gk Petros) = a specific stone or rock
  5. Matthew 16:18 Rock (Gk petra) = a rocky crag or bedrock
  6. Matthew 16:18 Lit gates
  7. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be bound
  8. Matthew 16:19 Or earth will be loosed
  9. Matthew 16:20 Other mss add Jesus