1Jesus said to them, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see that God’s kingdom has come with power.’
Jesus’ appearance is changed
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him. He led them up a high mountain. They were all alone. There in front of them his appearance was changed.3His clothes became so white they shone. They were whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.4Elijah and Moses appeared in front of Jesus and his disciples. The two of them were talking with Jesus.5Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’6Peter didn’t really know what to say, because they were so afraid.7Then a cloud appeared and covered them. A voice came from the cloud. It said, ‘This is my Son, and I love him. Listen to him!’8They looked around. Suddenly they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.9They came down the mountain. On the way down, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen. He told them to wait until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.10So they kept the matter to themselves. But they asked each other what ‘rising from the dead’ meant.11Then they asked Jesus, ‘Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah has to come first?’12Jesus replied, ‘That’s right. Elijah does come first. He makes all things new again. So why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and not be accepted?13I tell you, Elijah has come. They have done to him everything they wanted to do. They did it just as it is written about him.’
Jesus heals a boy who is controlled by an evil spirit
14When Jesus and those who were with him came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with them.15When all the people saw Jesus, they were filled with wonder. And they ran to greet him.16‘What are you arguing with them about?’ Jesus asked.17A man in the crowd answered. ‘Teacher’, he said, ‘I brought you my son. He is controlled by an evil spirit. Because of this, my son can’t speak anymore.18When the spirit takes hold of him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth. He grinds his teeth. And his body becomes stiff. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit. But they couldn’t do it.’19‘You unbelieving people!’ Jesus replied. ‘How long do I have to stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy to me.’20So they brought him. As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a fit. He fell to the ground. He rolled around and foamed at the mouth.21Jesus asked the boy’s father, ‘How long has he been like this?’ ‘Since he was a child,’ he answered.22‘The spirit has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us. Please help us.’23‘ “If you can”?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for the one who believes.’24Right away the boy’s father cried out, ‘I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief!’25Jesus saw that a crowd was running over to see what was happening. Then he ordered the evil spirit to leave the boy. ‘You spirit that makes him unable to hear and speak!’ he said. ‘I command you, come out of him. Never enter him again.’26The spirit screamed. It shook the boy wildly. Then it came out of him. The boy looked so lifeless that many people said, ‘He’s dead.’27But Jesus took him by the hand. He lifted the boy to his feet, and the boy stood up.28Jesus went indoors. Then his disciples asked him in private, ‘Why couldn’t we drive out the evil spirit?’29He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer.’
Jesus speaks a second time about his coming death
30They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were.31That was because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be handed over to men. They will kill him. After three days he will rise from the dead.’32But they didn’t understand what he meant. And they were afraid to ask him about it.
Who is the most important person?
33Jesus and his disciples came to a house in Capernaum. There he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’34But they kept quiet. On the way, they had argued about which one of them was the most important person.35Jesus sat down and called for the 12 disciples to come to him. Then he said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last. They must be the servant of everyone.’36Jesus took a little child and had the child stand among them. Then he took the child in his arms. He said to them,37‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me. And anyone who welcomes me also welcomes the one who sent me.’
Anyone who is not against us is for us
38‘Teacher’, said John, ‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’39‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me.40Anyone who is not against us is for us.41What I’m about to tell you is true. Suppose someone gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah. That person will certainly not go without a reward.
Leading people to sin
42‘What if someone leads one of these little ones who believe in me to sin? If they do, it would be better if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.43-44If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It would be better for you to enter God’s kingdom with only one hand than to go into hell with two hands. In hell the fire never goes out.45-46If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It would be better to enter God’s kingdom with only one foot than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.47If your eye causes you to sin, poke it out. It would be better for you to enter God’s kingdom with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.48In hell, ‘ “The worms that eat them do not die. The fire is not put out.” (Isa 66:24)49Everyone will be salted with fire.50‘Salt is good. But suppose it loses its saltiness. How can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves. And be at peace with each other.’
2And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, (Mt 17:1; Mr 5:37; Mr 14:33; Lu 9:28; 2Co 3:18)3and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. (Ps 104:2; Da 7:9; Mt 28:3)4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.5And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Ne 8:15; Joh 1:38)6For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. (Mr 14:40; Lu 9:33)7And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” (Ex 24:15; Mt 3:17; Mr 12:6; Ac 3:22; 2Pe 1:17)8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.9And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. (Mt 8:4; Mt 17:9; Mr 5:43; Mr 8:31)10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. (Lu 9:36; Joh 16:17)11And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” (Mt 11:14)12And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? (Ps 22:6; Isa 53:2; Da 9:26; Zec 13:7; Mal 4:6; Mt 26:24; Mr 8:31; Lu 1:16; Lu 23:11; Ac 1:6; Ac 3:21; Ac 4:11; Php 2:7)13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.” (Mr 6:17; Mr 6:27)
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. (Mt 17:14; Lu 9:37)15And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. (Mr 10:32)16And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”17And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. (Mr 9:25; Lu 11:14)18And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” (Mt 10:1; Mr 6:7; Lu 10:17)19And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” (Joh 14:9; Joh 20:27)20And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. (Mr 1:26)21And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.22And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” (Mt 9:28; Mr 1:40)23And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mt 17:20; Mr 6:5; Mr 9:22)24Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Lu 17:5)25And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (Mr 9:15; Mr 9:17)26And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” (Mr 9:20)27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. (Mr 1:31)28And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” (Mr 7:17)29And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
33And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” (Mt 17:24; Mt 18:1; Mr 10:35; Lu 9:46)34But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. (Mr 9:50; Lu 22:24)35And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mt 20:26; Mt 23:11; Mr 10:43; Lu 22:26)36And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, (Mr 10:16)37“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” (Mt 10:40; Mt 10:42)
Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us
38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” (Nu 11:28; Mt 7:22; Mt 12:27; Mr 16:17; Lu 9:49; Lu 10:17; Ac 19:13)39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.40For the one who is not against us is for us. (Mt 12:30; Lu 11:23)41For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. (Mt 10:42)
Temptations to Sin
42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. (Zec 13:7; Mt 18:6; Mr 14:21; Lu 17:2; 1Co 8:12)43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. (Mt 3:12; Mt 5:22; Mt 5:29; Mt 5:30; Mt 18:8; Mt 25:41; Mr 9:48)45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. (Mt 18:8; Mr 9:43)47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, (Mt 5:22; Mt 5:29; Mt 18:9)48‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ (Isa 66:24)49For everyone will be salted with fire.50Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Eze 43:24; Mt 5:13; Mr 9:34; Lu 14:34; Ro 12:18; Ro 14:19; 2Co 13:11; Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; 1Th 5:13)