International Standard Version
Jesus’ Appearance is Changed
2Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain to be alone with him. His appearance was changed in front of them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyonec on earth could bleach them. 4Then Elijah appeared to them, accompanied by Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5Then Peter told Jesus, “Rabbi,d it’s good that we’re here! Let’s set up three shelterse —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6(Peterf didn’t know how to respond, because they were terrified.)
7Then a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. A voice came out of the cloud and said,g “This is my Son, whom I love. Keep on listening to him!” 8Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw no one with them but Jesus alone.
9On their way down the mountain, Jesush ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10They kept the matter to themselves but argued about what “rising from the dead” meant. 11So they asked him, “Don’t the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
12He told them, “Elijah is indeed coming first and will restore all things. Why, then, is it written that the Son of Man must suffer a great deal and be treated shamefully? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, yet peoplei treated him just as they pleased, as it is written about him.”
Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon
17A man in the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that won’t let him talk. 18Whenever it brings on a seizure, it throws him to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes stiff. So I asked your disciples to drive the spiritm out, but they didn’t have the power.”
20So they brought the boyo to him. When the spirit saw Jesus,p it immediately threw the boyq into convulsions. He fell on the ground and kept rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21Then Jesusr asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” He said, “Since he was a child. 22The spirits has often thrown him into fire and into water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us!”
23Jesus told him, “‘If you are able?’ Everything is possible for the person who believes!”
25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that won’t let him talk or hear—I command you to come out of him and never enter him again!” 26The spiritu screamed, shook the childv violently, and came out. The boy was like a corpse, and many said that he was dead. 27But Jesus took his hand and helped him up, and he stood up.
Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection
30Then they left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesusz didn’t want anyone to find out about it, 31because he was teaching his disciples, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into human hands. They will kill him, but after being dead for three days he will be raised.” 32They didn’t understand what this statement meant, and they were afraid to ask him.
33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesusaa was at home, he asked the disciples,bb “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34But they kept silent, because they had argued on the road with one another about who was the greatest.
35So he sat down, called the Twelve, and told them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He took him in his arms and told them, 37“Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
The True Follower of Jesus
39But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him, because no one who works a miracle in my name can slander me soon afterwards. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41I tell all of youdd with certainty, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to the Messiahee will never lose his reward.”
Causing Others to Sin
42“If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43So if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better for you to enter life injured than to have two hands and go to hell,ff to the fire that cannot be put out. 44In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.gg
45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.hh 46In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.ii
47And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It’s better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.jj 48In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.
49Because everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.kk 50Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how can you restore its flavor? Keep on having salt among yourselves, and live in peace with one another.”
a 9:1 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
b 9:1 Lit. taste
c 9:3 Lit. anyone who cleans
d 9:05Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher
e 9:5 Or tents
f 9:6 Lit. He
g 9:7 The Gk. lacks and said
h 9:9 Lit. he
i 9:13 Lit. they
j 9:14 The Gk. lacks other
k 9:15 Lit. him
l 9:16 Lit. them
m 9:18 Lit. it
n 9:19 Lit. He
o 9:20 Lit. him
p 9:20 Lit. him
q 9:20 Lit. him
r 9:21 Lit. he
s 9:22 Lit. It
t 9:24 Other mss. lack With tears flowing
u 9:26 Lit. It
v 9:26 The Gk. lacks the child
w 9:28 Lit. he
x 9:28 Lit. drive it
y 9:29 Other mss. lack and fasting
z 9:30 Lit. He
aa 9:33 Lit. he
bb 9:33 Lit. them
cc 9:38 Lit. him
dd 9:41 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
ee 9:41 Or Christ
ff 9:43 Lit. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom
gg 9:44 Other mss. lack this verse
hh 9:45 Lit. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom
ii 9:46 Other mss. lack this verse
jj 9:47 Lit. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom
kk 9:49 Other mss. lack and every sacrifice will be salted with salt