The Transfiguration

1 After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John his brother, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. 2 Jesus was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light. 3 Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him.

4 Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.”

6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were very afraid. 7 Jesus came and touched them and said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”

8 Looking up, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. 9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Do not tell anyone what you saw, until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”

11 Jesus answered them, “Elijah indeed comes first and will restore all things, 12 but I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they wanted. Just the same, the Son of Man will also suffer by them.”

13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist.

Prayer and Fasting Destroys Demons

14 When they came to the multitude, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down to him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic and suffers grievously, for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.”

17 Jesus answered, “Faithless and perverse generation! How long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?”

20 He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Jesus Again Prophecies Death and Resurrection

22 While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.”

They were deeply grieved.

The Temple Tax

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received tribute money came to Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive tariff or taxes? From their children or from strangers?”

26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”
Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a coin. Take that and give it to them for you and me.”

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