Matthew 17
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The Transfiguration

1After six daysa Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.b 2He was transfigured in front of them, and his face shone like the sun; his clothes became as white as the light.a 3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him. 4Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good for us to be here. If you want, I will set upA three shelters here: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”a

5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud coveredA them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased. Listen to him! ”a 6When the disciplesa heard this, they fell facedown and were terrified.

7Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.”a 8When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus alone.

9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them,a “Don’t tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raisedA from the dead.”

10So the disciples asked him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first? ”a

11“Elijah is comingA and will restore everything,” he replied.B a 12“But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn’t recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.”a 13Then the disciples understood that he had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

The Power of Jesus over a Demon

14When they reached the crowd,a a man approached and knelt down before him. 15“Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizuresA and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”a

17Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”a 18Then Jesus rebuked the demon,A and itB came out of him,a and from that momentC the boy was healed.

19Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out? ”

20“Because of your little faith,” heA told them. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size ofB a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.a Nothing will be impossible for you.”C b

The Second Prediction of His Death

22Asa they were gathering togetherA in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men. 23They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised up.” And they were deeply distressed.

Paying the Temple Tax

24When they came to Capernaum, those who collected the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax? ”a

25“Yes,” he said.

When he went into the house, Jesus spoke to him first,A “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tariffs or taxes? From their sons or from strangers? ”B a

26“From strangers,” he said.A

“Then the sons are free,” Jesus told him. 27“But, so we won’t offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin.A Take it and give it to them for me and you.”a

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