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Luke 9:18-50 (New American Standard)

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18 1And it happened that while He was 2praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, "Who do the apeople say that I am?" 19 They answered and said, "John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again." 20 And He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" And Peter answered and said, "3The bChrist of God." 21 But He c4warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22 5saying, "6The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day." 23 And He was saying to them all, "7If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24 "For 8whoever wishes to save his dlife will lose it, but whoever loses his elife for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25 "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and 9loses or forfeits himself? 26 "10For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 "But I say to you truthfully, 11there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."

The Transfiguration

28 12Some eight days after these sayings, He took along 13Peter and John and James, and 14went up on the mountain 15to pray. 29 And while He was 16praying, the appearance of His face 17became different, and His clothing became white and fgleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in gglory, were speaking of His 18departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions 19had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. 33 And as hthese were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, "20Master, it is good for us to be here; 21let us make three itabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah "-22not realizing what he was saying. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud jformed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 Then 23a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "24This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" 36 And when the voice khad spoken, Jesus was found alone. And 25they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen. 37 26On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38 And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, "Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my lonly boy, 39 and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves. 40 "I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not." 41 And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here." 42 While he was still approaching, the demon mslammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the n27greatness of God. 28But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, 44 "Let these words sink into your ears; 29for the Son of Man is going to be odelivered into the hands of men." 45 But 30they pdid not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.

The Test of Greatness

46 31An argument qstarted among them as to which of them might be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, 32knowing rwhat they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48 and said to them, "33Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; 34for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great." 49 35John answered and said, "36Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us." 50 But Jesus said to him, "Do not hinder him; 37for he who is not against you is sfor you."
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