GOD'S WORD® Translation
1He said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Some people who are standing here will not die until they see the kingdom of God arrive with power."
2After six days Jesus took only Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. Jesus' appearance changed in front of them. 3His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them. 4Then Elijah and Moses appeared to them and were talking with Jesus. 5Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it's good that we're here. Let's put up three tents-one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6(Peter didn't know how to respond. He and the others were terrified.) 7Then a cloud overshadowed them. A voice came out of the cloud and said, "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!" 8Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw no one with them but Jesus.
9On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen. They were to wait until the Son of Man had come back to life. 10They kept in mind what he said but argued among themselves what he meant by "come back to life." 11So they asked him, "Don't the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 12Jesus said to them, "Elijah is coming first and will put everything in order again. But in what sense was it written that the Son of Man must suffer a lot and be treated shamefully? 13Indeed, I can guarantee that Elijah has come. Yet, people treated him as they pleased, as Scripture says about him."
14When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them. Some scribes were arguing with them. 15All the people were very surprised to see Jesus and ran to welcome him. 16Jesus asked the scribes, "What are you arguing about with them?" 17A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son. He is possessed by a spirit that won't let him talk. 18Whenever the spirit brings on a seizure, it throws him to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes exhausted. I asked your disciples to force the spirit out, but they didn't have the power to do it." 19Jesus said to them, "You unbelieving generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me!" 20They brought the boy to him. As soon as the spirit saw Jesus, it threw the boy into convulsions. He fell on the ground, rolled around, and foamed at the mouth. 21Jesus asked his father, "How long has he been like this?" The father replied, "He has been this way since he was a child. 22The demon has often thrown him into fire or into water to destroy him. If it's possible for you, put yourself in our place, and help us!" 23Jesus said to him, "As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes." 24The child's father cried out at once, "I believe! Help my lack of faith." 25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he gave an order to the evil spirit. He said, "You spirit that won't let him talk, I command you to come out of him and never enter him again." 26The evil spirit screamed, shook the child violently, and came out. The boy looked as if he were dead, and everyone said, "He's dead!" 27Jesus took his hand and helped him to stand up. 28When Jesus went into a house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we force the spirit out of the boy?" 29He told them, "This kind of spirit can be forced out only by prayer."
30They left that place and were passing through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where he was 31because he was teaching his disciples. He taught them, "The Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over to people. They will kill him, but on the third day he will come back to life." 32The disciples didn't understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him.
33Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was at home, he asked the disciples, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34They were silent. On the road they had argued about who was the greatest. 35He sat down and called the twelve apostles. He told them, "Whoever wants to be the most important person must take the last place and be a servant to everyone else." 36Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He put his arms around the child and said to them, 37"Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me. Whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."
38John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone forcing demons out of a person by using the power and authority of your name. We tried to stop him because he was not one of us." 39Jesus said, "Don't stop him! No one who works a miracle in my name can turn around and speak evil of me. 40Whoever isn't against us is for us. 41I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward."
42"These little ones believe in me. It would be best for the person who causes one of them to lose faith to be thrown into the sea with a large stone hung around his neck. 43"So if your hand causes you to lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life disabled than to have two hands and go to hell, to the fire that cannot be put out. 44 45If your foot causes you to lose your faith, cut it off! It is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 46 47If your eye causes you to lose your faith, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. 48In hell worms that eat the body never die, and the fire is never put out.