Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
Matt. 10:1; Mark 3:13-15; 6:7 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2#Matt. 10:5, 7, 8; [ver. 11; ch. 10:1, 9] and he sent them out to #ver. 11, 60; See ch. 4:43proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3#For ver. 3-5, see Matt. 10:9-14; Mark 6:8-11; [ch. 10:4-11; 22:35] And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, #[Mark 6:8]no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics.#9:3 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin 4And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. 5And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town #Acts 13:51; [Neh. 5:13; Acts 18:6] shake off the dust from your feet #See Mark 1:44 as a testimony #James 5:3against them.” 6#Mark 6:12And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.
Herod Is Perplexed by Jesus
7 # For ver. 7-9, see Matt. 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-29 Now #ch. 3:1, 19; Acts 13:1 Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that #ver. 19John had been raised from the dead, 8#[See ver. 7 above]by some that Elijah had appeared, and #[See ver. 7 above]by others that one of the prophets of old had risen. 9Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And #ch. 23:8he sought to see him.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10On their return #Mark 6:30 the apostles told him all that they had done. #For ver. 10-17, see Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; John 6:1-13; [Matt. 15:32-38; Mark 8:2-9]And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethsaida. 11When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he #ch. 8:40 welcomed them and #ver. 2spoke to them of the kingdom of God and #ver. 2cured those who had need of healing. 12Now #ch. 24:29 (Gk.); Jer. 6:4 the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, #[Matt. 15:23]“Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” 13But he said to them, #[2 Kgs. 4:42-44] “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than #Matt. 16:9; Mark 8:19five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.” 14For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15And they did so, and had them all sit down. 16And taking the five loaves and the two fish, #Mark 7:34; John 11:41; 17:1 he looked up to heaven and #ch. 24:30; 1 Sam. 9:13; Matt. 26:26; Mark 8:7; 14:22; [1 Cor. 14:16]said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ
18 # For ver. 18-20, see Matt. 16:13-16; Mark 8:27-29 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19And they answered, #ver. 7; Matt. 14:2; Mark 6:14 “John the Baptist. But others say, #ver. 8; Mark 6:15; [Matt. 17:10; Mark 9:11; John 1:21]Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, #ch. 23:35; Acts 3:18; Rev. 12:10; See Matt. 1:17“The Christ of God.”
Jesus Foretells His Death
Matt. 16:20; Mark 8:30; See Matt. 12:16 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22#For ver. 22-27, see Matt. 16:21-28; Mark 8:31–9:1 saying, #ch. 18:31; [ch. 13:33] “The Son of Man must #ch. 24:7; Matt. 17:12, 22, 23; Mark 9:30, 31 suffer many things and #ch. 17:25; 1 Pet. 2:4; [ch. 20:17] be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on #ch. 18:33; 24:7, 46; See Matt. 27:63; John 2:19the third day be raised.”
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus
23And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him #[2 Tim. 2:12, 13] deny himself and #See Matt. 10:38, 39 take up his cross #1 Cor. 15:31daily and follow me. 24For #[See ver. 23 above]whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25#[ch. 12:20]For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26For #Rom. 1:16; 2 Tim. 1:8, 12, 16; Heb. 11:16; 1 John 2:28; [Matt. 10:33] whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed #Dan. 7:10, 13; Zech. 14:5; Matt. 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; John 1:51; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16; Jude 14; Rev. 1:7; [Deut. 33:2] when he comes in #Matt. 19:28; 25:31; Mark 10:37; John 17:24 his glory and the glory of the Father and of #Acts 10:22; Rev. 14:10; [Matt. 13:41; 16:27]the holy angels. 27But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not #John 8:52; Heb. 2:9 taste death #[ch. 21:31, 32; Matt. 10:23; 23:36; 24:34; Mark 13:30]until they see the kingdom of God.”
28 # For ver. 28-36, see Matt. 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him #ch. 8:51; Mark 14:33 Peter and John and James and #See Matt. 14:23went up on the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was #Mark 16:12 (Gk.) altered, and #Dan. 7:9; [Ps. 104:2; Matt. 28:3]his clothing became dazzling white. 30And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,#9:31 Greek exodus which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those who were with him #Dan. 8:18; Matt. 26:43 were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake #See John 1:14they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three #[Neh. 8:15] tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—#[Mark 9:6; 14:40]not knowing what he said. 34As he was saying these things, #2 Pet. 1:17; [Ex. 24:15, 16]a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And #[See ver. 34 above] a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, #ch. 23:35; Isa. 42:1; [Ps. 89:3; Isa. 49:7] my Chosen One;#9:35 Some manuscripts my Beloved #Acts 3:22listen to him!” 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. #Matt. 17:9; Mark 9:9, 10And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
37 # For ver. 37-42, see Matt. 17:14-19; Mark 9:14-28 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for #See ch. 7:12he is my only child. 39And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. 40And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but #[ver. 1; ch. 10:17; Matt. 10:1; Mark 6:7]they could not.” 41Jesus answered, “O #Phil. 2:15; [John 20:27] faithless and twisted generation, #[John 14:9]how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus #ch. 4:35, 39; Zech. 3:2; Matt. 8:26; Mark 1:25; Jude 9 rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and #See ch. 7:15gave him back to his father. 43And all were astonished at #2 Pet. 1:16 the majesty of God.
Jesus Again Foretells His Death
# For ver. 43-45, see Matt. 17:22, 23; Mark 9:30-32 But while they were all marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus#9:43 Greek he said #ver. 22to his disciples, 44“Let these words sink into your ears: #[See ver. 43 above]The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45#ch. 2:50; 18:34; Mark 6:52; John 10:6; 12:16; 16:17-19; [Matt. 17:13; Mark 9:10] But they did not understand this saying, and #ch. 18:34; [ch. 24:16]it was concealed from them, so that they might not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Who Is the Greatest?
46 # For ver. 46-48, see Matt. 18:1-5; Mark 9:33-37; [Matt. 20:20-28; Mark 10:35-45] An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48and said to them, #[Matt. 10:40, 42] “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and #[Matt. 10:40, 42] whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For #ch. 22:26he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”
Anyone Not Against Us Is For Us
49 # For ver. 49, 50, see Mark 9:38-40 John answered, “Master, we saw someone #ch. 10:17; Matt. 7:22; Mark 16:17; Acts 19:13; [Matt. 12:27] casting out demons in your name, and #[Num. 11:28]we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, #[ch. 11:23; Matt. 12:30]for the one who is not against you is for you.”
A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus
51When the days drew near for #See Mark 16:19 him to be taken up, #2 Kgs. 12:17; Isa. 50:7; Jer. 42:15 he set his face #ch. 13:22; 17:11; 18:31; 19:11, 28to go to Jerusalem. 52And #[ch. 10:1] he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of #See Matt. 10:5the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. 53But #John 4:9; [ch. 10:33] the people did not receive him, because #John 4:20his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell #See Rev. 13:13fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”#9:54 Some manuscripts add as Elijah did 55But he turned and rebuked them.#9:55 Some manuscripts add And he said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of; 56 for the Son of Man came not to destroy people’s lives but to save them” 56And they went on to another village.
The Cost of Following Jesus
57As they were going #ver. 51 along the road, #For ver. 57-60, see Matt. 8:19-22someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60And Jesus#9:60 Greek he said to him, “Leave #[John 5:25] the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and #ver. 2proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, #[1 Kgs. 19:20]but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62Jesus said to him, #[Phil. 3:13]“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”