Matthew 17
Jesus’ transformation
1Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain. 2He was transformed in front of them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.
3Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus. 4Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, "Lord, it’s good that we’re here. If you want, I’ll make three shrines: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
5While he was still speaking, look, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!" 6Hearing this, the disciples fell on their faces, filled with awe.
7But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don’t be afraid." 8When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Don’t tell anybody about the vision until the Human One#Or Son of Man is raised from the dead."
10The disciples asked, "Then why do the legal experts say that Elijah must first come?"
11Jesus responded, "Elijah does come first and will restore all things. 12 In fact, I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they didn’t know him. But they did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way the Human One#Or Son of Man is also going to suffer at their hands." 13Then the disciples realized he was telling them about John the Baptist.
Healing of a boy who was demon-possessed
14When they came to the crowd, a man met Jesus. He knelt before him, 15saying, "Lord, show mercy to my son. He is epileptic and suffers terribly, for he often falls into the fire or the water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him."
17Jesus answered, "You faithless and crooked generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me." 18Then Jesus spoke harshly to the demon. And it came out of the child, who was healed from that time on.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and said, "Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?"
20"Because you have little faith," he said. "I assure you that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Go from here to there,’ and it will go. There will be nothing that you can’t do."#17:21 is omitted in most critical editions of the Gk New Testament This kind doesn’t come out except through prayer and fasting.
Second prediction of Jesus’ death and resurrection
22When the disciples came together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Human One#Or Son of Man is about to be delivered over into human hands. 23 They will kill him. But he will be raised on the third day." And they were heartbroken.
Paying the temple tax
24When they came to Capernaum, the people who collected the half-shekel temple tax came to Peter and said, "Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?"
25"Yes," he said.
But when they came into the house, Jesus spoke to Peter first."What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect taxes, from their children or from strangers?"
26"From strangers," he said.
Jesus said to him, "Then the children don’t have to pay. 27 But just so we don’t offend them, go to the lake, throw out a fishing line and hook, and take the first fish you catch. When you open its mouth, you will find a shekel coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us."
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