Matthew 16:16

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Simon Peter answered, and said, Thou art Christ the sonne of the liuing God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Simon Peter made answer and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
- Basic English Bible

And Simon Peter answering said, *Thou* art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
- Darby Bible

And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
- Webster's Bible

You, replied Simon Peter, "are the Christ, the Son of the ever-living God."
- Weymouth Bible

Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
- World English Bible

Symount Petre answeride, and seide, Thou art Crist, the sone of God lyuynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Simon Peter answering said, `Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 16:16


16:16 Peter - Who was generally the most forward to speak.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 16:16


Mt 16:16 And Simon Peter answered. With the impetuosity and impulsiveness that were ever manifested in him, Peter replied at once and expressed the faith of all the apostolic band. Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. This confession not only sees in Jesus the promised Messiah, but in the Messiah recognizes the divine nature. The confession of Peter is the one Christian confession of the New Testament and of the apostolic age, and the very foundation of the church, into which all saints are built as living stones of the temple.

Discussion for Matthew 16

  • HAW
    It seems as if Jesus was warning the disciples of the external pressure of "other doctrines" that seek to infiltrate the Church. The church is made pure by God through Christ and we as Christians are the custodians of it. If we are not vigilant and alert, we cannot maintain the purity and unity of the Church.
  • Felicia
    Verses 13-17
    There are many people who profess to know Jesus. But do we truly know who Jesus is? Or we also know Him like the people in Jesus's days, He is one of those influential people? We must know the Lord experientially. He says if we obey His commandments He will manifest Himself onto us. Our knowledge of Him is our strength, security and peace. Holy Ghost, do for us like Peter.





  • J.W.
    Response to Maria's question- Many thought John the Baptist was Jesus because he was the cousin of Jesus, born 6 months prior to Jesus.(Read Luke1:17) Upon the impending birth of John the Baptist, an angel of the Lord told his father Zacharias (of his son) "He shall go before Jesus in the spirit and power of Elias (Greek for Elijah) so that...he could turn the hearts of the disobedient to the just
  • Lu2677
    Maria, Can you give scripture verse that supports what you say? thanks
  • Maria Morales
    Why would the people think Jesus was John the Baptist, Elias, or one of the prophets? Could it be that spiirits come back like Elijah through John the Baptist?
  • BSP
    In verse 22 Jesus had just stated the divine will so he had to correct Peter and the other disciples. Jesus life was to be one of self-sacrifice and not of self-gratification.

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