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1 Then he drove it home by saying, "This isn't pie in the sky by and by. Some of you who are standing here are going to see it happen, see the kingdom of God arrive in full force." In a Light-Radiant Cloud 1 And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
2 Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.
3 His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.
4 Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter interrupted, "Rabbi, this is a great moment! Let's build three memorials - one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah." 5 Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."
6 He blurted this out without thinking, stunned as they all were by what they were seeing. 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: "This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him." 7 Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!"
8 The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus. 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. "Don't tell a soul what you saw. After the Son of Man rises from the dead, you're free to talk." 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
10 They puzzled over that, wondering what on earth "rising from the dead" meant. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what "rising from the dead" meant.
11 Meanwhile they were asking, "Why do the religion scholars say that Elijah has to come first?" 11 And they asked him, "Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?"
12 Jesus replied, "Elijah does come first and get everything ready for the coming of the Son of Man. They treated this Elijah like dirt, much like they will treat the Son of Man, who will, according to Scripture, suffer terribly and be kicked around contemptibly." 12 Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected?
13 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him."
14 When they came back down the mountain to the other disciples, they saw a huge crowd around them, and the religion scholars cross-examining them. 14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
15 As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. They ran and greeted him. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
16 He asked, "What's going on? What's all the commotion?" 16 "What are you arguing with them about?" he asked.
17 A man out of the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. 17 A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn't." 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."
19 Jesus said, "What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here." 19 "O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
20 They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth. 20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21 He asked the boy's father, "How long has this been going on?" 21 Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he answered.
22 Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!" 22 "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
23 Jesus said, "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen." 23 " 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, "Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!" 24 Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief !"
25 Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: "Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you - Out of him, and stay out!" 25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
26 Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was pale as a corpse, so people started saying, "He's dead." 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead."
27 But Jesus, taking his hand, raised him. The boy stood up. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
28 After arriving back home, his disciples cornered Jesus and asked, "Why couldn't we throw the demon out?" 28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
29 He answered, "There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer." 29 He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer. "
30 Leaving there, they went through Galilee. He didn't want anyone to know their whereabouts, 30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
31 for he wanted to teach his disciples. He told them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him. Three days after his murder, he will rise, alive." 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."
32 They didn't know what he was talking about, but were afraid to ask him about it. 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, "What were you discussing on the road?" 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"
34 The silence was deafening - they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest. 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 He sat down and summoned the Twelve. "So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all." 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
36 He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 "Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me - God who sent me." 37 "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
38 John spoke up, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn't in our group." 38 "Teacher," said John, "we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us."
39 Jesus wasn't pleased. "Don't stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. 39 "Do not stop him," Jesus said. "No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,
40 If he's not an enemy, he's an ally. 40 for whoever is not against us is for us.
41 Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice. 41 I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.
42 "On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't. You'd be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. 42 "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.
43 "If your hand or your foot gets in God's way, chop it off and throw it away. You're better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owner of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.
44 44 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.
45 45 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
47 And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. 47 where " 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'
48 You're better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell. 48 Everyone will be salted with fire.
49 "Everyone's going through a refining fire sooner or later, 49 "Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other."
50 but you'll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace." 50