and a Voice from Heaven
1After six days, Yeshua takes with Him Peter and Jacob and John his brother, and brings them up a high mountain by themselves. 2Now He was transfigured before them; His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Yeshua. 4Peter responded to Yeshua, “Master, it’s good for us to be here! If You wish, I will make three sukkot here—one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”#17:4. cf. Exod. 40:34.
5While He was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice from out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!”#17:5. cf. Ps. 2:7; Prov. 30:4; Isa. 9:5(6); Deut. 18:15.
6When the disciples heard this, they fell face down, terrified. 7But Yeshua came and touched them. “Get up,” He said. “Stop being afraid.” 8And lifting their eyes, they saw no one except Yeshua alone.
9As they were coming down from the mountain, Yeshua commanded them, saying, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”
10The disciples questioned Him, saying, “Why then do the Torah scholars say that Elijah must come first?”
11Yeshua replied, “Indeed, Elijah is coming and will restore all things.#17:10-11. cf. Mal. 3:23(4:5). 12I tell you that Elijah already came; and they didn’t recognize him, but did to him whatever they wanted. In the same way, the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them about John the Immerser.
See What Faith Can Do
14When they came to the crowd, a man came to Yeshua, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15“Master, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and suffers badly. For he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
17And answering, Yeshua said, “O faithless and twisted generation!#17:17. cf. Deut. 32:5. How long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18Yeshua rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed from that very hour.
19Then the disciples came to Yeshua in private and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
20And He said to them, “Because you trust so little. Amen, I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(21)#17:21. Most manuscripts omit verse 21: But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
Death and Resurrection
22Now while they were gathering in the Galilee, Yeshua said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men; 23and they will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised.” And the disciples became greatly distressed.
24When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the Temple tax,#17:24. Greek double drachma, Hebrew half-shekel; cf. Ex. 30:13; 38:26. doesn’t He?”
25“Yes,” Peter said.
Now when Peter came into the house, Yeshua spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they collect tolls or tax? From their sons or from strangers?”
26After Peter said, “From strangers,” Yeshua said to him, “Then the sons are free. 27But so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw out a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And when you open its mouth, you’ll find a coin.#17:27. Lit. stater, a silver coin worth four drachmas or one shekel; the Temple Tax for two people. Take that, and give it to them, for Me and you.”
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