1Yeshua was telling them, “Amen, I tell you, there are some standing here who will never taste death until they see the kingdom of God come with power!”
A Glimpse of His Glory
2After six days, Yeshua takes with Him Peter and Jacob and John, and brings them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them.
3His clothes became radiant and brilliantly white, whiter than any launderer on earth could bleach them.
4Then Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Yeshua.
5Peter responds to Yeshua, “Rabbi, it’s good for us to be here. Let’s make three sukkot—one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
6(He didn’t know what to say, for they were terrified.)
7Then a cloud came, overshadowing them; and out of the cloud came a voice, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!”
8Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Yeshua.
9As they were coming down from the mountain, Yeshua ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose up from the dead.
10They kept this word to themselves, discussing among themselves what it is to rise up from the dead.
11And they questioned Him, saying, “Why do the Torah scholars say that Elijah must come first?”
12Now He told them, “Indeed Elijah comes first; he restores all things. And how is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be treated with contempt?
13I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”
The Secret of Prayer
14When they came to the disciples, they saw a big crowd around them and the Torah scholars arguing with them.
15Suddenly, when the whole crowd saw Yeshua, they were amazed and began running to greet Him.
16He questioned them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
17And a man from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute.
18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes stiff. I told Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t!”
19And answering them, He said, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me.”
20They brought the boy to Yeshua. When the spirit saw Him, immediately it threw the boy into a convulsion. The boy fell to the ground and began rolling around and foaming at the mouth.
21Yeshua asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” “Since he was a child,” the man answered.
22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion and help us!”
23“‘If You can’?” Yeshua said to him. “All things are possible for one who believes!”
24Immediately the boy’s father cried out, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
25When Yeshua saw that a crowd was gathering fast, He rebuked the unclean spirit, telling it, “I command you, deaf and mute spirit, come out of him and do not ever enter him again!”
26After howling and shaking the boy wildly, it came out. The boy became so much like a corpse that many were saying, “He’s dead!”
27But Yeshua took him by the hand and lifted him, and the boy stood up.
28After Yeshua came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him in private, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
29And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer.”
30They left from there and passed through the Galilee. Yeshua didn’t want anyone to know,
31for He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, three days later He will rise up.”
32But the disciples didn’t understand this statement, and they were afraid to question Him about it.
The Secret of Childlike Humility
33Then they came to Capernaum. And when Yeshua was in the house, He began to ask the disciples, “What were you discussing on the way?”
34But they kept quiet, because on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
35Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be least of all and the servant of everyone.”
36Taking a small child, He set him in the midst of them. And taking him in His arms, He said to them,
37“Whoever welcomes one of these children in My name, welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me, welcomes not Me but the One who sent Me.”
38John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.”
39But Yeshua responded, “Don’t stop him! No one who does a miracle in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil about Me.
40He who is not against us is for us.
41For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name because you belong to Messiah, amen I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”
42“But whoever causes one of these little ones who trust in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea!”
The Secret of Salt
43“And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than, having two hands, to go to Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
44[footnote: Verses omitted; some mss. read: where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.]
45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off! It’s better for you to enter life lame than, having your two feet, to be thrown into Gehenna.
46[footnote: Verses omitted; some mss. read: where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.]
47If your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into Gehenna,
48where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’
49“For everyone will be salted with fire.
50Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you flavor it? Have salt in yourselves, and keep shalom with one another.”