Matthew 16:20
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New International Version
Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

New Living Translation
Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

English Standard Version
Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Berean Study Bible
Then He admonished the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
Then He instructed the disciples that they should tell no one that He is the Christ.

New American Standard Bible
Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

King James Bible
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was the Messiah.

International Standard Version
Then he strictly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

NET Bible
Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

New Heart English Bible
Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he is the Messiah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then he ordered his disciples to tell no man that he is The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he strictly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

New American Standard 1977
Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he charged his disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

American King James Version
Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

American Standard Version
Then charged he the disciples that they should tell no man that he was the Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
Then he enjoined on his disciples that they should say to no man that he was the Christ.

English Revised Version
Then charged he the disciples that they should tell no man that he was the Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then he charged his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
Then He urged His disciples to tell no one that He was the Christ.

World English Bible
Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
Then did he charge his disciples that they may say to no one that he is Jesus the Christ.
Study Bible
Peter's Confession of Christ
19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then He admonished the disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ. 21From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.…
Cross References
Matthew 1:16
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Matthew 8:4
Then Jesus instructed him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift prescribed by Moses, as a testimony to them."

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Mark 8:30
And Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about Him.

Luke 2:11
Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!

Luke 9:21
Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.

John 11:27
"Yes, Lord," she answered, "I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Treasury of Scripture

Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

charged.

Matthew 8:4 And Jesus said to him, See you tell no man; but go your way, show …

Matthew 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, …

Mark 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Mark 9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they …

Luke 9:21,36 And he straightly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing…

Jesus.

John 1:41,45 He first finds his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found …

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has …

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

(20) Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man.--We may venture to analyse what we may reverently call the motives of this reticence. Had the disciples gone about, not only as proclaiming the kingdom and as preachers of repentance, but sounding the watchword that the Christ had come, it might not have been difficult for them to gather round Him the homage of excited crowds. It was not such homage, however, that He sought, but that which had its root in a deeper faith. It tended to present a false aspect of His kingdom to the minds of men; it tended also to prevent the consummation to which He was now directing the thoughts of His disciples as the necessary condition of His entering on the glory of His kingdom. The zeal of the multitude to make him a king after their own fashion (John 6:15) was what He deprecated and shunned.

Verse 20. - Then charged he his disciples. Immediately after Peter's confession and Jesus' promise. St. Matthew's word "charged" (διεστείλατο) becomes more emphatic in the other synoptists (ἐπετίμησεν), implying a command with a rebuke attached to it on its infringement; Vulgate, comminatus est (Mark 8:30). That they should tell no man that he (au)to\) was [Jesus] the Christ. The received text inserts the word "Jesus," but very many good manuscripts omit it; and it seems to have been received by inadvertence, the point being that he was Messiah. The injunction to tell no man (with which comp. Matthew 8:4) was necessary at this time for many reasons. The time was not ripe for the declaration which might have led to tumult and disorder among an excited populace. Any ambitious ideas which the apostles might have formed from what had just passed were here nipped in the bud. They were not sufficiently familiar with the true notion of the Messiah, especially a suffering Messiah, to be competent to preach him to others. This we see by Peter's inconsiderate remonstrance in ver. 22. Till they received the Holy Ghost after Christ's ascension, they could not rightly and profitably preach of Christ's nature, office, and kingdom. Jesus may have looked forward to their desertion of him in his hour of trial, and prevented them from proclaiming his real character, which, in the face of such desertion, would have proved a stumbling block to the faith of believers. Some of these reasons we may reverently believe were those which led Christ to lay this severe restriction on the enthusiasm of his followers (see on Matthew 17:9). Then charged he his disciples,.... When Peter had so freely and fully confessed him to be the Messiah, and which was the sense of all the disciples; and when Christ had expressed his approbation of his confession, and had promised such great and excellent things upon it, he gave a strict charge unto his disciples,

that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. The word Jesus is not in some copies; and is left out in the Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions; nor does it seem absolutely necessary; it was enough to charge them to tell no man that he was the Messiah: his reasons for it might be, lest his enemies, the Scribes and Pharisees, should be the more provoked and incensed against him, and seek his death before his time; and lest the jealousy of the Romans should be stirred up, who might fear he would set up himself against Caesar, as king of the Jews, which might lead them to take measures obstructive of his further designs; and lest some persons, hearing of this, should rise and proclaim him king of the Jews, who were big with the notion of the Messiah being a temporal prince: and moreover, because the disciples were to attest the truth of this after his resurrection; and he chose, for the present, that the people should collect this from his own ministry and miracles, which were sufficient to lead them into the knowledge of it, without any declarations of their's: and though they were possessed of true faith in him, as such, for themselves, as yet they had not the gifts and abilities to defend those doctrines respecting his person, and his offices, they had after the Spirit was poured down upon them. 20. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ—Now that He had been so explicit, they might naturally think the time come for giving it out openly; but here they are told it had not.

Announcement of His Approaching Death and Rebuke of Peter (Mt 16:21-28).

The occasion here is evidently the same.16:13-20 Peter, for himself and his brethren, said that they were assured of our Lord's being the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God. This showed that they believed Jesus to be more than man. Our Lord declared Peter to be blessed, as the teaching of God made him differ from his unbelieving countrymen. Christ added that he had named him Peter, in allusion to his stability or firmness in professing the truth. The word translated rock, is not the same word as Peter, but is of a similar meaning. Nothing can be more wrong than to suppose that Christ meant the person of Peter was the rock. Without doubt Christ himself is the Rock, the tried foundation of the church; and woe to him that attempts to lay any other! Peter's confession is this rock as to doctrine. If Jesus be not the Christ, those that own him are not of the church, but deceivers and deceived. Our Lord next declared the authority with which Peter would be invested. He spoke in the name of his brethren, and this related to them as well as to him. They had no certain knowledge of the characters of men, and were liable to mistakes and sins in their own conduct; but they were kept from error in stating the way of acceptance and salvation, the rule of obedience, the believer's character and experience, and the final doom of unbelievers and hypocrites. In such matters their decision was right, and it was confirmed in heaven. But all pretensions of any man, either to absolve or retain men's sins, are blasphemous and absurd. None can forgive sins but God only. And this binding and loosing, in the common language of the Jews, signified to forbid and to allow, or to teach what is lawful or unlawful.
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