1 He continued: »Truly I tell you there are some here who will in no way experience death, till they see the kingdom of God come with power.«
2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a high mountain completely alone. He was transfigured in front of them.
3 His garments became brilliant white. Nothing on earth could make them this white.
4 Elijah and Moses appeared before them. They were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus: »Teacher it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.«
6 Peter and the others were afraid and they did not know what to say.
7 A cloud hovered over them and a voice came out of the cloud: »This is my Son the beloved listen to him!«
8 Suddenly they saw no one near them except Jesus.
9 They came down the mountain. He warned them not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of man had risen from the dead.
10 They kept questioning among themselves what the rising from the dead means.
11 Then they asked him how is it that the scribes say that Elijah must first come?
12 He said: »Elijah does come first and restores all things. It is written that the Son of man should suffer and be treated with contempt?
13 »But I say to you that Elijah has come. They have done to him what ever they wished just as it is written about him.«
14 When they came to the disciples they saw a great crowd with them and scribes questioning them.
15 Suddenly the crowd saw him and ran to him to greet him.
16 He asked them: »What are you talking about?«
17 One of the people answered him: »Teacher I brought my son who is unable to talk because of a spirit.
18 »The spirit seizes him and slams him down. He foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth. I asked your disciples to cast it out but they could not do it.«
19 Jesus then said: »O faithless generation. How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me.«
20 They brought the boy to him. Suddenly the spirit threw him into convulsions. He fell on the ground rolled around and foamed at the mouth.
21 Jesus asked his father: »How long has this been going on?« He said: »Since he was a child.«
22 Often it casts him into the fire and into the water to destroy him. If you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.
23 Jesus said to him: »All things are possible to him who has faith.«
24 Both father and child immediately shouted: »I have faith make my faith stronger.«
25 When Jesus saw the people he ordered the unclean spirit to come out of him. He commanded the spirit that caused the loss of voice and hearing to leave and never return to him.
26 The spirit cried out and shook the child violently. It came out and the child became like a dead person. Most of them said: »He is dead.«
27 Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up.
28 When the child went into the house his disciples asked him privately: »Why were we unable to send it out?«
29 He replied: Only prayer will make this sort come out.
30 He desired that no man know about it. Therefore they left there through Galilee.
31 He taught his disciples: »The Son of man will be handed over to men who will put him to death. After three days he will come back from the dead.«
32 They did not understand and they were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They traveled to Capernaum. When they were in the house he asked them: »What were you talking about on the way?«
34 They said nothing because they had had an argument between themselves about who was the greatest.
35 He sat down and the twelve came to him. He said: »If any man has the desire to be first, he would be last of all and servant of all.«
36 He put a little child in the middle of them and taking him in his arms he said to them:
37 »Whoever receives a little child in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.«
38 John spoke up: »Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in your name. We tried to stop him because he does not follow us.«
39 But Jesus said: »Do not stop him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name, and be able quickly to speak evil of me.
40 »For whoever is not against us is on our side.
41 »Whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christs, most assuredly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward.
42 »Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.
43 »If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It would be better to enter into life maimed then, having two hands to be destroyed in the ever-burning trash fires in the Valley of Hinnom. Greek: Gehenna
44 spurious, but included in King James Version, »Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.«
45 »If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is good for you to enter into life with only one foot, rather than having two feet to be cast into the ever-burning fires of Hinnom. Greek: Gehenna: symbolic of total destruction
46 The same wording as verse 44, spurious: Tischendorfs Spurious Passages
47 »If your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out. It is good for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be destroyed in the ever-burning trash fires in the valley of Hinnom.
48 »For the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.« Questionable passage.
49 »For every one will be salted with fire.
50 »Salt is good. If it loses its saltiness how can you make it salty again? Have the salt or seasoning of friendship among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.«