1 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, (Mt 10:1; Mr 3:13; Mr 6:7)2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Mt 10:5; Mt 10:7; Lu 4:43; Lu 9:11; Lu 9:60; Lu 10:1; Lu 10:9)3 And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.
1. Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
 (Mt 10:9; Mr 6:8; Lu 10:4; Lu 22:35)4 And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.5 And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” (Ne 5:13; Mr 1:44; Ac 13:51; Ac 18:6; Jas 5:3)6 And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Mr 6:12)
Herod Is Perplexed by Jesus
7 Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead, (Mt 14:1; Mr 6:14; Lu 3:1; Lu 3:19; Lu 9:19; Ac 13:1)8 by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. (Lu 9:7)9 Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he sought to see him. (Lu 23:8)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10 On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. (Mt 14:13; Mt 15:32; Mr 6:30; Mr 6:32; Mr 8:2; Joh 6:1)11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. (Lu 8:40; Lu 9:2)12 Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” (Jer 6:4; Mt 15:23; Lu 24:29)13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” (2Ki 4:42; Mt 16:9; Mr 8:19)14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”15 And they did so, and had them all sit down.16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. (1Sa 9:13; Mt 26:26; Mr 7:34; Mr 8:7; Mr 14:22; Lu 24:30; Joh 11:41; Joh 17:1; 1Co 14:16)17 And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. (Mt 14:23; Mt 17:1; Mr 9:2; Mr 14:33; Lu 8:51)29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. (Ps 104:2; Da 7:9; Mt 28:3; Mr 16:12)30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah,31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,
1. Greek exodus
 which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. (Da 8:18; Mt 26:43; Joh 1:14)33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. (Ne 8:15; Mr 9:6; Mr 14:40)34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. (Ex 24:15; 2Pe 1:17)35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One;
37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. (Mt 17:14; Mr 9:14)38 And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. (Lu 7:12)39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.40 And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” (Mt 10:1; Mr 6:7; Lu 9:1; Lu 10:17)41 Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” (Joh 14:9; Joh 20:27; Php 2:15)42 While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. (Zec 3:2; Mt 8:26; Mr 1:25; Lu 4:35; Lu 4:39; Lu 7:15; Jud 1:9)
Jesus Again Foretells His Death
43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus
46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. (Mt 18:1; Mt 20:20; Mr 9:33; Mr 10:35)47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.” (Mt 10:40; Mt 10:42; Lu 22:26)
51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (2Ki 12:17; Isa 50:7; Jer 42:15; Mr 16:19; Lu 13:22; Lu 17:11; Lu 18:31; Lu 19:11; Lu 19:28)52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. (Mt 10:5; Lu 10:1)53 But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. (Lu 10:33; Joh 4:9; Joh 4:20)54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”
1. Some manuscripts add And he said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; 56for the Son of Man came not to destroy people’s lives but to save them”
56 And they went on to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” (Mt 8:19; Lu 9:51)58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”60 And Jesus
1. Greek he
 said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” (Lu 9:2; Joh 5:25)61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” (1Ki 19:20)62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Php 3:13)