1After six days17:1–8 Mk 9:2–8; Lk 9:28–36 Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.17:1 Mt 26:37; Mk 5:37
2He was transfigured in front of them, and his face shone like the sun; his clothes became as white as the light.17:2 Ps 104:2; Dn 7:9; Mt 28:3; 2Co 3:18; Rv 1:16; 10:1
3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him.
5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered17:5 Or enveloped; Ex 40:34–35 them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased. Listen to him!” 17:5 Is 42:1; Mt 3:17; Mk 1:11; Lk 3:22; Ac 3:22; 2Pt 1:16–18
7Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.”17:7 Dn 8:18; 9:21; 10:10; Mt 14:27
8When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus alone.
11 “Elijah is coming 17:11 Other mss add first and will restore everything,” he replied.17:11 Other mss read Jesus said to them17:11 Mal 4:6; Lk 1:16–17
12“But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn’t recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”17:12 Mt 14:3,10; 16:21
13Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.
The Power of Jesus over a Demon
14When they reached the crowd,17:14–20 Mk 9:14–29; Lk 9:37–43 a man approached and knelt down before him.
15“Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures17:15 Lit he is moonstruck; thought to be a form of epilepsy and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire and often into the water.
17Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”17:17 Jn 14:9; 20:27; Php 2:15
19Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20 “Because of your little faith,” he17:20 Other mss read your unbelief, Jesus told them. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of 17:20 Lit faith like a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.17:20 Mt 21:21–22; Mk 11:23; Lk 17:6; Jn 11:40; 1Co 13:2 Nothing will be impossible for you.”17:20 Some mss include v. 21: “However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”17:20 Mk 9:23,29; 13:31
The Second Prediction of His Death
22As17:22–23 Mt 16:21; 20:17; Mk 8:31; 9:30–32; Lk 9:44–45 they were gathering together17:22 Other mss read were staying in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.
23They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised up.” And they were deeply distressed.
Paying the Temple Tax
25“Yes,” he said.
When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first,17:25 Lit Jesus anticipated him by saying “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes? From their sons or from strangers?” 17:25 Or foreigners17:25 Mt 22:17,19; Mk 12:14; Rm 13:7
26“From strangers,” he said.17:26 Other mss read Peter said to him
“Then the sons are free,” Jesus told him.
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