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because the midwives feared God, he
gave them families of their own.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all
his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you
may let the girls live.”
this time, a man and woman
from the tribe of Levi got married. 2The
woman became pregnant and gave birth
to a son. She saw that he was a special
baby and kept him hidden for three
months. 3But when she could no longer
hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar
and pitch. She put the baby in the basket
and laid it among the reeds along the
bank of the Nile River. 4The baby’s sister
then stood at a distance, watching to see
what would happen to him.
5Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down
to bathe in the river, and her attendants
walked along the riverbank. When the
princess saw the basket among the reeds,
she sent her maid to get it for her. 6When
the princess opened it, she saw the baby.
The little boy was crying, and she felt
sorry for him. “This must be one of the
Hebrew children,” she said.
7 Then the baby’s sister approached
the princess. “Should I go and find one
of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby
for you?” she asked.
8“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the
girl went and called the baby’s mother.
9 “Take this baby and nurse him
for me,” the princess told the baby’s
mother. “I will pay you for your help.”
So the woman took her baby home and
10 Later, when the boy was older, his
mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s
daughter, who adopted him as her own
son. The princess named him Moses,*
for she explained, “I lifted him out of
50:2 Hebrew Israel. See note on 35:21. 50:11 Abelmizraim means “mourning of the Egyptians.”
50:23 Hebrew who were born on Joseph’s knees.
1:5 Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version read seventy-five;
see notes on Gen 46:27. 1:10 Or will take the country.
1:16 Hebrew look upon the two stones; perhaps the
reference is to a birthstool. 2:10 Moses sounds like
a Hebrew term that means “to lift out.”
M AT T H E W 1 6 : 1 3 – 1 7 : 9
When Jesus came to the region of
Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of
14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John
the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others
say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 Then he asked them, “But who do
you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the
Messiah,* the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John,* because my Father in
heaven has revealed this to you. You did
not learn this from any human being.
18 Now I say to you that you are Peter
(which means ‘rock’),* and upon this
rock I will build my church, and all the
powers of hell* will not conquer it. 19And
I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of
Heaven. Whatever you forbid* on earth
will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit* on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
20 Then he sternly warned the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the
21From then on Jesus* began to tell his
disciples plainly that it was necessary for
him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would
suffer many terrible things at the hands
of the elders, the leading priests, and the
teachers of religious law. He would be
killed, but on the third day he would be
raised from the dead.
22But Peter took him aside and began
to reprimand him* for saying such
things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said.
“This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get
away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things
merely from a human point of view, not
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If
any of you wants to be my follower, you
must give up your own way, take up
your cross, and follow me. 25If you try to
hang on to your life, you will lose it.
But if you give up your life for my sake,