Mateus 17

1 After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother up into a high mountain alone.

2 While they watched, Jesus’ appearance changed transformedtransfigured in their presence. His face was as bright as the sun and his clothes became as white as the light.

3 Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were talking to him.

4 Peter told Jesus: »Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, let us make three tents here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.«

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came out of the cloud, saying: »This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.«

6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces. They were very afraid.

7 Jesus touched them and told them to get up and not be afraid.

8 They saw only Jesus when they opened their eyes.

9 When they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they saw, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.

10 His disciples asked him: »Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?«

11 In answer he said: »Elijah truly has to come and put all things right.

12 »I tell you that Elijah has come. They did not know him and treated him badly as they pleased. They will do the same with the Son of man.«

13 Then the disciples saw that he was telling them about John the Baptist.

14 When they approached the people, a man fell to his knees before him, saying:

15 »Lord, have mercy on my son. He has mental problems and is in great pain. He frequently falls into the fire and into the water.

16 »I took him to your disciples, and they were not able to make him well.«

17 Jesus answered: »You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me.«

18 Jesus ordered the unclean spirit to leave the boy. It left him and the boy was made well immediately.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said: »Why were we not able to send it out?«

20 He told them: »It was because of your lack of faith: Truly I say to you, if you have faith as small as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.«

21 omitted, text not found in early manuscripts

22 While they were traveling in Galilee, Jesus said to them: »The Son of man will be given up into the hands of men.

23 »They will put him to death. The third day he will be raised from death.« They were very sad.

24 They arrived at Capernaum. The collectors of the two-drachma tax asked Peter: »Does your master make payment of the Temple tax?

25 He said: »Yes.« When he entered the house, Jesus said to him: »What is your opinion, Simon? Who pays the tax assessed by the kings of the earth? Is it from their sons or from other people?«

26 When he said: »From other people,« Jesus replied: »Are the sons free of tax?

27 »We will not cause them trouble. Go to the sea, and let down a hook, and take the first fish you catch. You will see money a stater coin in its mouth. Give it to them for me and for you.«