2After9:2–8 Mt 17:1–8; Lk 9:28–36 six days9:2 Ex 24:15–18; Hs 6:2 Jesus took Peter, James, and John9:2 Mt 10:2; Mk 5:37; 13:3; 14:33; Ac 1:13 and led them up a high mountain9:2 Mt 4:8; 2Pt 1:18 by themselves to be alone. He was transfigured9:2 Rm 12:2; 2Co 3:18 in front of them,
3and his clothes9:3 Lk 19:36 became dazzling — extremely white9:3 Rv 3:4 as no launderer on earth could whiten9:3 Rv 7:14 them.
4Elijah9:4 Mk 8:28 appeared to them with Moses,9:4 Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 and they were talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,9:5 Jn 11:8 it’s good9:5 Gn 1:31 for us to be here. Let’s set up three shelters:9:5 Ex 25:9 one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —
8Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9As9:9–13 Mt 17:9–13 they were coming down the mountain,9:9 Mt 4:8 he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen9:9 Lk 8:56 until the Son of Man9:9 Mk 2:10 had risen9:9 Mt 16:21; Lk 18:33 from the dead.9:9 Jn 20:9
12 “Elijah does come first and restores 9:12 Mk 8:25 all things,”9:12 Lk 1:17 he replied. “Why then is it written9:12 Ac 15:15 that the Son of Man must suffer9:12 Mk 8:31 many things and be treated with contempt?9:12 Lk 23:11
The Power of Faith over a Demon
14When9:14–29 Mt 17:14–20; Lk 9:37–42 they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing9:14 Mk 8:11 with them.
15When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran to greet him.
16He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”
17Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher,9:17 Mk 4:38; Eph 4:11 I brought my son to you. He has a spirit9:17 Lk 11:24; 1Tm 4:1; 1Jn 4:1 that makes him unable to speak.9:17 Mk 7:37
18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”
19He replied to them, “You unbelieving9:19 Lk 12:46 generation, how long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me.”
20So they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into convulsions. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21“How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father.
“From childhood,” he said.
24Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!”
26Then it came out, shrieking and throwing him into terrible convulsions.9:26 Mk 1:26 The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.”
28After he had gone into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
The Second Prediction of His Death
30Then9:30–32 Mt 17:22–23; Lk 9:43–45 they left that place and made their way through Galilee, but he did not want anyone to know it.9:30 Mk 1:44
31For he was teaching9:31 Mt 28:20; Ac 4:2; 2Tm 4:11 his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man9:31 Mk 2:10 is going to be betrayed9:31 Or handed over into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after he is killed, he will rise9:31 Mt 16:21; Lk 18:33; Ac 2:24 three days later.”9:31 Mk 8:31; Lk 9:22
Who Is the Greatest?
33They9:33–50 Mt 18:1–10; Lk 9:46–50 came to Capernaum.9:33 Lk 10:15 When he was in the house,9:33 Mk 1:29 he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”9:33 Mk 8:27
34But they were silent,9:34 Mk 3:4 because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.9:34 Lk 22:24–27; Ac 8:9
35Sitting down, he called the Twelve9:35 Mk 11:11 and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last and servant of all.”9:35 Mt 20:16–27; 23:11; Mk 10:43–44; Lk 22:26
36He took a child,9:36 Lk 1:7 had him stand among them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
In His Name
39 “Don’t stop him,” said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle9:39 Ac 19:11 in my name who can soon afterward speak evil of me.
Warnings from Jesus
43 “And if your hand causes you to fall away, cut it off. 9:43 Mt 5:29–30 It is better for you to enter life maimed9:43 Mt 15:30–31 than to have two hands and go to hell, the unquenchable fire.9:43 Some mss include v. 44: Where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.9:43 Mt 3:12; 5:22; 25:41; 2Th 1:8
45And if your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame9:45 Jn 5:3 than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.9:45 Some mss include v. 46: Where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.
47And if your eye causes you to fall away, gouge it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God9:47 Mk 1:15 with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown9:47 3Jn 10 into hell,9:47 Jms 3:6
48where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.9:48Is 66:24
49For everyone will be salted with fire.9:49 Other mss add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt9:49 Lv 2:13; Ezk 43:249:49 Lv 2:13; Ezk 43:24
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