Commissioning the Twelve
1Summoning the Twelve,9:1 Lk 6:12–16 he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.9:1 Mt 10:1; Mk 3:13–15; 6:7
3 “Take nothing for the road,” 9:3–5 Mt 10:9–15; Mk 6:8–11; Lk 10:4–12; 22:35 he told them, “no staff,9:3 Mk 6:8 no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt.
4Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
5If they do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”9:5 Neh 5:13; Ac 13:51; 18:6
6So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere.
Herod’s Desire to See Jesus
7Herod the tetrarch9:7 Lk 3:1,19; 13:31; 23:7; Ac 13:1 heard about everything that was going on.9:7–9 Mt 14:1–2; Mk 6:14–16 He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead,
8some that Elijah had appeared,9:8 Mt 11:14; 16:14; 17:3–4,10–12; Lk 1:17; 4:26 and others that one of the ancient prophets had risen.9:8 Mk 6:15
Feeding of the Five Thousand
10When the apostles returned,9:10–17 Mt 14:13–21; Mk 6:32–44; Jn 6:5–13 they reported to Jesus all that they had done.9:10 Mk 6:30 He took them along and withdrew privately to a9:10 Other mss add deserted place near a town called Bethsaida.9:10 Mt 11:21; Mk 8:22; Jn 1:44; 12:21
13 “You give them something to eat,” he told them.
“We have no more than five loaves9:13 Mt 16:9; Mk 8:19 and two fish,” they said, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.”
14(For about five thousand men were there.)
Then he told his disciples, “Have them sit down9:14 Lit them recline in groups of about fifty each.”
15They did what he said, and had them all sit down.
16Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven,9:16 Mk 7:34; Jn 11:41; 17:1 he blessed and broke them.9:16 Mt 26:26; Mk 8:7; 14:22; Lk 24:30 He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd.
17Everyone ate and was filled. They picked up twelve baskets of leftover pieces.
Peter’s Confession of the Messiah
20 “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?”
His Death and Resurrection Predicted
21But he strictly warned and instructed them to tell this to no one,9:21 Mt 12:16; 16:20; Mk 7:36; 8:30; 9:9; Lk 5:14; 8:56
22saying,9:22–27 Mt 16:21–28; Mk 8:31–9:1 “It is necessary that the Son of Man9:22 Lk 13:33; 18:31 suffer many things9:22 Mt 17:12,22–23; Lk 24:7 and be rejected9:22 Lk 17:25; 20:17; 1Pt 2:4 by the elders, chief priests, and scribes,9:22 Lk 20:1; 22:66 be killed, and be raised the third day.”9:22 Mt 27:63; Jn 2:19
Take Up Your Cross
23Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after9:23 Lit come after me, let him deny himself,9:23 2Tm 2:12–13 take up his cross daily,9:23 Other mss omit daily and follow me.9:23 Mt 10:38–39; Lk 14:27; 1Co 15:31
24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will save it.9:24 Lk 17:33; Jn 12:25
25For what does it benefit someone if he gains the whole world, and yet loses or forfeits himself?9:25 Lk 12:20
26For whoever is ashamed of me and my words,9:26 Mt 10:33; Rm 1:16; 2Tm 1:8; Heb 11:16; 1Jn 2:28 the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory9:26 Dn 7:10; Zch 14:5; Mt 24:30; Jn 1:51; Ac 1:11; 1Th 1:10 and that of the Father and the holy angels.9:26 Lk 12:9; Rv 14:10
28About eight days after this conversation,9:28–36 Mt 17:1–8; Mk 9:2–8 he took along Peter, John, and James9:28 Mk 14:33; Lk 8:51 and went up on the mountain to pray.9:28 Mt 14:23; Lk 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18
29As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed,9:29 Mk 16:12 and his clothes became dazzling white.9:29 Ps 104:2; Dn 7:9; Mt 28:3
30Suddenly, two men were talking with him — Moses and Elijah.
31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.
32Peter and those with him were in a deep sleep,9:32 Lit were weighed down with sleep9:32 Gn 2:21; 15:12; 1Sm 26:12; Dn 8:18; 10:9; Mt 26:43 and when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men who were standing with him.
34While he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed9:34 Lk 1:35; Ac 5:15 them. They became afraid as they entered the cloud.
36After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They kept silent, and at that time told no one what they had seen.
The Power of Jesus over a Demon
37The next day,9:37–42 Mt 17:14–18; Mk 9:14–27 when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him.
38Just then a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, because he’s my only child.9:38 Lk 7:12
39A spirit seizes him; suddenly he shrieks, and it throws him into convulsions until he foams at the mouth; severely bruising him, it scarcely ever leaves him.
42As the boy was still approaching, the demon knocked him down and threw him into severe convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy,9:42 Zch 3:2; Mt 8:26; Mk 1:25; Lk 4:35,39; Jd 9 and gave him back to his father.9:42 Lk 7:15
The Second Prediction of His Death
While everyone was amazed at all the things he was doing,9:43–45 Mt 17:22–23; Mk 9:30–32 he told his disciples,
Who Is the Greatest?
46An argument started among them about who was the greatest of them.9:46–48 Mt 18:1–5; Mk 9:33–37; Lk 22:24
47But Jesus, knowing their inner thoughts,9:47 Lit the thoughts of their hearts9:47 Mt 9:4 took a little child and had him stand next to him.
In His Name
The Journey to Jerusalem
51When the days were coming to a close for him to be taken up,9:51 Mk 16:19 he determined9:51 Lit he stiffened his face to go; Is 50:79:51 2Kg 12:17; Is 50:7; Jr 42:15 to journey to Jerusalem.9:51 Lk 13:22; 17:11; 18:31; 19:11,28
52He sent messengers ahead of himself,9:52 Lk 10:1 and on the way they entered a village of the Samaritans9:52 Mt 10:5 to make preparations for him.
55But he turned and rebuked them,9:55–56 Other mss add and said, “You don’t know what kind of spirit you belong to. 56 For the Son of Man did not come to destroy people’s lives but to save them,”
56and they went to another village.
58Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59Then he said to another, “Follow me.”
“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.”
62But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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