1And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not #John 8:52; Heb. 2:9 taste death #[ch. 13:30; Matt. 10:23; 23:36; 24:34] until they see the kingdom of God after it has come #ch. 13:26; 14:62; [Matt. 25:31]with power.”
2 # For ver. 2-8, see Matt. 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36 And after six days Jesus took with him #ch. 5:37; 14:33 Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was #[2 Cor. 3:18 (Gk.)]transfigured before them, 3and #Dan. 7:9; [Ps. 104:2; Matt. 28:3]his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one#9:3 Greek launderer (gnapheus) on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5And Peter said to Jesus, #See John 1:38 “Rabbi,#9:5 Rabbi means my teacher, or my 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.” 6For #[ch. 14:40; Luke 9:33]he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7And #2 Pet. 1:17; [Ex. 24:15, 16] a cloud overshadowed them, and #2 Pet. 1:17; [Ex. 24:15, 16] a voice came out of the cloud, #ch. 12:6; See Matt. 3:17 “This is my beloved Son;#9:7 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved #Acts 3:22listen to him.” 8And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9 # For ver. 9-13, see Matt. 17:9-13 And as they were coming down the mountain, #ch. 5:43; See Matt. 8:4 he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, #ch. 8:31until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10#Luke 9:36 So they kept the matter to themselves, #[John 16:17]questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say #See Matt. 11:14that first Elijah must come?” 12And he said to them, “Elijah does come first #Mal. 4:6; Luke 1:16, 17; [Acts 1:6; 3:21] to restore all things. And #Ps. 22:6, 7; Isa. 53:2, 3; Dan. 9:26; Zech. 13:7; [Phil. 2:7]; See Matt. 26:24 how is it written of the Son of Man that he should #See ch. 8:31 suffer many things and #Luke 23:11; Acts 4:11be treated with contempt? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and #ch. 6:17, 27they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”
Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit
14 # For ver. 14-28, see Matt. 17:14-19; Luke 9:37-42 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, #[ch. 10:32]were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has #ver. 25; Luke 11:14a spirit that makes him mute. 18And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and #[ch. 6:7; Matt. 10:1; Luke 10:17]they were not able.” 19And he answered them, “O #[John 14:9; 20:27]faithless generation, #[John 14:9; 20:27]how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it #ch. 1:26convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But #[ch. 1:40; Matt. 9:28]if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23And Jesus said to him, #[See ver. 22 above] “‘If you can’! #[ch. 6:5, 6; Matt. 17:20]All things are possible for one who believes.” 24Immediately the father of the child cried out#9:24 Some manuscripts add with tears and said, “I believe; #[Luke 17:5]help my unbelief!” 25And when Jesus saw that #ver. 15 a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, #ver. 17“You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26And after crying out and #[See ver. 20 above]convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27But Jesus #See ch. 1:31took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28And when he had #ch. 7:17entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”#9:29 Some manuscripts add and fasting
Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection
30 # For ver. 30-32, see Matt. 17:22, 23; Luke 9:43-45; [ch. 8:31; 10:32-34] They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, #See ch. 8:31after three days he will rise.” 32#ch. 6:52; Luke 2:50; 18:34; 24:25; John 10:6; 12:16; 16:17-19; [ver. 10]But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.
Who Is the Greatest?
33And #Matt. 17:24 they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house #For ver. 33-37, see Matt. 18:1-5; Luke 9:46-48; [ch. 10:35-45]he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they kept silent, for on the way #Luke 22:24; [ver. 50]they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, #ch. 10:43, 44; Matt. 20:26, 27; 23:11, 12; Luke 22:26“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and #ch. 10:16taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37#[Matt. 10:40, 42]“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and #[Matt. 10:40, 42]whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us
38 # For ver. 38-40, see Luke 9:49, 50 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone #ch. 16:17; Matt. 7:22; Luke 10:17; Acts 19:13; [Matt. 12:27] casting out demons in your name,#9:38 Some manuscripts add who does not follow us and #[Num. 11:28]we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40#[Matt. 12:30; Luke 11:23]For the one who is not against us is for us. 41For truly, I say to you, #See Matt. 10:42whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
Temptations to Sin
42 # Matt. 18:6; Luke 17:2; [1 Cor. 8:12] “Whoever causes one of # [Zech. 13:7] these little ones who believe in me to sin, # 9:42 Greek to stumble ; also verses 43, 45, 47 # [ch. 14:21] it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43#Matt. 5:30; 18:8 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to #See Matt. 5:22, 29 hell,#9:43 Greek Gehenna; also verse 47 to #ver. 48; Matt. 3:12; See Matt. 25:41the unquenchable fire.#9:43 Some manuscripts add verses 44 and 46 (which are identical with verse 48) 45#Matt. 18:8 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into #[See ver. 43 above]hell. 47#Matt. 5:29; 18:9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into #See Matt. 5:22, 29hell, 48‘where #Isa. 66:24their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire.#9:49 Some manuscripts add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt 50#Luke 14:34 Salt is good, #Matt. 5:13 but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? #Ezek. 43:24; Col. 4:6; [Eph. 4:29] Have salt in yourselves, and #Rom. 12:18; 2 Cor. 13:11; 1 Thess. 5:13; [ver. 34]; See Rom. 14:19be at peace with one another.”
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