Matthew 16:18


“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

King James Version (KJV)



Other Translations of Matthew 16:18

“And I say also vnto thee, that thou art Peter, and vpon this rocke I will build my Church: and the gates of hell shall not preuaile against it.”
King James Version (1611) - View original scan of Matthew chapter 16

“"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”
New American Standard Version (1995)

“And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
American Standard Version (1901)

“And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock will my church be based, and the doors of hell will not overcome it.”
Basic English Bible

“And *I* also, I say unto thee that *thou* art Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and hades' gates shall not prevail against it.”
Darby Bible

“And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ”
Douay Rheims Bible

“And I say also to thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. ”
Webster's Bible

“And I declare to you that you are Peter, and that upon this Rock I will build my Church, and the might of Hades shall not triumph over it.”
Weymouth Bible

“I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
World English Bible

“And Y seie to thee, that thou art Petre, and on this stoon Y schal bilde my chirche, and the yatis of helle schulen not haue miyt ayens it.”
Wycliffe Bible

“`And I also say to thee, that thou art a rock, and upon this rock I will build my assembly, and gates of Hades shall not prevail against it;”
Youngs Literal Bible


Ben's comment on 2015-02-18 11:14:28:

Peter and rock don 't pun in Aramaic and Peter didn 't speak Greek. This is a fabrication, the Nazarene was a Jewish rabbi and very happy with his faith! This would be anathema to Joshua, ne the Christ.


bro ronald sam's comment on 2014-12-16 10:02:53:

Revelation is the rock


wendy's comment on 2014-08-21 04:05:00:

Build your rock on Jesus Christ foundation,not the cares of this world. Because the world don 't have a solid foundation. Hell can 't prevail against God foundation because it doesn 't have the greater strenght like God power. God is the creator and he gave to whom he wanted too. Remember God is in control.


BK's comment on 2014-05-21 11:36:47:

Jesus referred to Peter as Petros meaning small stone, and then Jesus stated, upon this rock meaning Petra , which is a massive rock, will I build my church . In other words, Christ was not making Peter the foundation because to do so will be detrimental to the kingdom, because of man s instability. However, when Peter stated that Thou art the Christ Jesus rewarded him by stating that he is Peter which is a small rock connecting all those whom he come in contact with to the rock Petra , which is a massive rock which is Christ himself. For Christ is the foundation according to 1 Corinthians 3 11. This connection will be done through Peter s testimony of Jesus being the Christ. So, therefore for I believe Jesus was letting Peter know that he will build his church upon the testimony of Peter which states, thou art the Christ . When we all have Peter s testimony that Jesus is the Christ, we will also become Petros a small stone adding to the church, for every saint is a stone according to 1 Peter 2 5 .


Blessings's comment on 2013-09-06 17:33:10:

For anger, pain, bitterness to get thru, there is a channel or gate they use. For example, a boss at work can be an instrument the devil uses to make one annoyed through unnecessary shouting.


Steve Nissley's comment on 2013-08-31 05:08:17:

Simon means Unstable, like sand!
Peter means Stable, like a Rock!

Jesus said, Thou art Peter (Stable, Rock) and upon "THIS" Rock I will build My Church.

Jesus is saying, "I cant build My church on people that are unsure, doubters, unstable, unconfident, ....But I will build My Church on those that are Sure, Stable, Committed, Confident of the very thing!!!

Just my thoughts!


virginia's comment on 2013-02-08 11:19:48:

Peter, upon this rock.


jennifer corgan's comment on 2012-12-04 19:48:21:

I would love to send this to Ross earl Hoffman too.


jan613's comment on 2012-09-21 10:21:59:

I believe that Matthew 16:18 is referring to "the Rock" (metaphorically) being the foundation - of His Church. His Church are those that believe He is the Son of God and follow his two commandments in the New Testament (after all, if those two are followed - all 10 old ones are also) I think he said "that thou art Peter" to emphasize by stating his name, that he is correct (He is Christ, Son of God & upon that rock - foundation of your life in Christ) and though he is just a man, he will be given the keys to the Kingdom and Hades will be kept at bay, by believing He is Christ. By emphasizing Peter's name, it stresses to me that I can replace my name in there, because I believe!!!! Yeah God, Jesus, Holy Spirit


Butch's comment on 2011-07-26 13:03:00:

There can be only 1 head of the Church & that is Jesus. He paid the supreme price for it. He said " Flesh and Blood has not revealed this" It was the Holy Spirit that revealed that to Peter. We are all just servants. There is no evidence to support that Peter was ever in Rome. What I got out of this scripture is the only way we able to stand in Our Salvation; Is to have have an experience that flesh and Blood has revealed. The one we will never forget


ben weaver's comment on 2011-03-10 08:33:09:

V.18 Thoughts on when and how to prevail. If hades (the underworld) does not prevail, apparently the church does. Is this agressive victory only at the resurrection of the just in Christ, or is it being won during our life on earth? Jesus continues to compliment Peter by saying that he would posses the keys of the kingdom of heaven while on earth. Wouldn't believers on this solid rock also be able to bind the underworld powers and loose those that are enslaved to sin. We've got the power in the name of Jesus.


Rob's comment on 2011-03-02 02:07:44:

I agree with most of the comments above. Here is another line of reasoning to consider. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says that woman has a head which is man, man has a head which is Christ, and Christ has a head which is God. Whatever privileges were given to Peter does not dimishish the fact that he has a head and that is Christ. As the scripture point out "The head of every man is Christ." What else do we know about Christ? Ephesians 1:22 says that God made him head over all things to the congregation. This means that those who are given oversight in the congregation still answer to Jesus as their head. They must exercise their authority in imitation of Christ and accoring to Christ teachings not their own. Please keep these thoughts in mind as I continue.

The Catholic Church has elevated Peter and all who succeed him as Pope. This non-biblical or Latin term means "father or Papa." Jesus specifically taught his disciples which included Peter not to call anyone on earth "father" in a religious reverencial way. (Matthew 23:9, 10) The Jewish religious leaders desried titles of sorts. Jesus instead said that all you are brothers. Since the Catholic Church says that it is perfectly scriptural to call these men Popes they are in effect saying that Peter an all who succeed him are fathers of the church. If they are fathers then this makes them head. However, if Paul said that Jesus is head and if the Catholic Church says Peter and the rest are heads then the Church has two heads. They go against the headship arrangement for the Christian Congregation and they go agaisnt s direct order from Christ not to be called father.

People can call Peter a rock all they want and as mentioned by the comments above he was rock like in his faith and in his confession of Jesus being the Christ, Son of the living God. He certainly was outspoken and often times did speak for the other apostles during Jssus time and after. But this did not make him Pope or father of the Church.

Thank you for allowing my comment.


ben weaver's comment on 2010-12-27 09:53:35:

The first mention of the one church Jesus is building. This Bible word "church" has been wrongly used to mean; meeting house, the regular meeting of a sect, or the religious organization itself. Since the word meant "assembly of called out ones", there are other Bible uses of "church". In Acts 7:38, "church in the wilderness" refers to the assembly of those called out of Egypt. The church or body of Christ that he said he would later build, most likely began after the resurrection when believers were delivered and translated into his kingdom (Col.1:13 & Heb.9:17). The Apostle Peter was not yet converted at the last supper(Lu. 22:32). Possibly, when Jesus said,"Tell it unto the church" in Matt. 18:17, He was referring to another assembly, since his church would only be built later. Believers are they which have been called out of this failing world system and are being assembled into a living organism. The gates of hell fail to defend its demonic prison when His church, with His weapons, invade its borders. The weapons of our warfare...are mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down anything that attempts to imprison people from experiencing God (2 Cor. 10:4). We are the aggressors with a promised victory. Thanks be to God, through Jesus, we are more than conquerors.


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