Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 16]

     16:1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, testing him, and asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 16:2 But having answered, he said to them, When* it becomes evening, youĎ say, It will be fair-weather; for* the heaven is red. 16:3And in the morning, There will be a storm today; for* the heaven is red and dismal. Hypocrites! YouĎ indeed know how to discern the face of the heaven, but youĎ are not able to discern the signs of the times. 16:4An evil and adulterous generation is seeking after a sign, and no sign will be given to it, except the sign of Jonah the prophet. And he left them and went away.

     16:5 And his disciples came to the area beyond-that, and forgot to take bread. 16:6 Now Jesus said to them, BeholdĎ and take-heedĎ, stay away from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!

     16:7 Now they were reasoning among themselves, saying, It is because we took no bread.

     16:8 Now Jesus having known it, said to them, YouĎ of small faith, why are youĎ reasoning among yourselves, because youĎ took no bread? 16:9Do youĎ not yet perceive, nor remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets youĎ took up? 16:10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets youĎ took up? 16:11How is it that youĎ do not perceive that I did not speak to youĎ concerning bread, but to take-heed, stay away from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees?16:12 Then they understood that he did not say to take-heed, stay away from the leaven of bread, but stay away from the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

     {Mar 8:27-30 & Mat 16:13-20 & Luk 9:18-21 Caesarea Philippi.}

     16:13 Now when* Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying,Who do men say the Son of Man is?

     16:14 Now they said, Some say John the Immerser*; others, Elijah, and others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

     16:15 He says to them, But who do youĎ say that I am?

     16:16 Now Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

     16:17 And Jesus answered and said to him, You are fortunate, Simon, Son of Jonah, because flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father, the one in the heavens. 16:18But I also say to you, that you are{F}Peter and upon this,{F}the rock, I will be building my congregation*of believers, and the gates of Hades will not be prevailing against her.16:19I will be giving to you the keys of the kingdom of the heavens, and whatever you bind upon the earth will have already been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loose upon the earth will have already been loosed in the heavens.16:20Then he ordered the disciples in order that they should speak to no one that he was Jesus, the Christ.

     {Footnotes: Mat 16:18, these words are different in Greek. Peter translated is a 'pebble' and the other word is 'rock' as in 'a massive rock or rock foundation,' the kind of rock that the wise man built his house on in Mat 7:24-25.}

     {Mar 8:31-9:1 & Mat 16:21-28 & Luk 9:22-27 Caesarea Philippi.}

     16:21 Jesus began to show to his disciples from then on, that it is essential for him to go to Jerusalem and to suffer many things from the elders and high-priests and scribes, and to be killed, and to arise in the third day. 16:22 And Peter took him and began to rebuke him, saying, God will be lenient to you, Lord. This will never* be happening to you.

     16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, Go behind me, adversary! You are an offense to me, because you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.

     16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself and lift up his cross and follow me. 16:25For* whoever wishes to save his life, will be losing it, and whoever loses his life because of me will be finding it. 16:26For* what is a man profited, if he gains the whole world, and should forfeit his soul? Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his soul?16:27For* the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father with his messengers, and then he will be giving to each one according to his practice. 16:28 Assuredly I am saying to youĎ, Some of those who are standing here may never* taste of death, until they should see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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