When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them.
When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.
He asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?"
Someone from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak;
and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so."
He answered them, "You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me."
And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood.
It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, "If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes."
Immediately the father of the child cried out, "I believe; help my unbelief!"
When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!"
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."
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand.
When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?"
He said to them, "This kind can come out only through prayer."
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again."
But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"
But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all."
Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
John 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."
But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.
Whoever is not against us is for us.
For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.