Matthew 17
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Jesus’ Appearance is Changed

(Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36)

1Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2His appearance was changed in front of them, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.a

4Then Peter told Jesus, “Lord, it’s good that we’re here! If you want, I’ll set up three sheltersb —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5He was still speaking when a bright cloud suddenly overshadowed them.

A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am pleased with him. Keep on listening to him!”

6When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.

7But Jesus came up to them and touched them, saying, “Get up, and stop being afraid.” 8When they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus all by himself.

9On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don’t tell anyone about this vision until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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

11He answered them, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, yet peoplec did not recognize him and treated him just as they pleased. In the same way, the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that he had been speaking to them about John the Baptist.

Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon

(Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-42)

14As they approached the crowd, a man came up to Jesus,d knelt down in front of him, 15and said, “Sir,e have mercy on my son, because he is an epileptic and suffers terribly. Often he falls into fire and often into water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”

17Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and perverted generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!” 18Then Jesus rebuked the demon and it came out of him, and the boy was healed that very hour.

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20He told them, “Because of your lack of faith.f I tell all of youg with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. 21But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”h

Jesus Again Predicts His Death and Resurrection

(Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43-45)

22While they were gathering togetheri in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. 23They will kill him, but he will be raised on the third day.” Then they were filled with grief.

Questions about the Temple Tax

24When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple taxj came up to Peter and asked, “Your teacher pays the temple tax,k doesn’t he?”

25He answered, “Yes.”

When Peterl went home,m Jesus spoke to him first and asked him, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings on the earth collect tolls or tributes? From their own subjects,n or from foreigners?”

26“From foreigners,” he replied.

So Jesus told him, “In that case, the subjectso are exempt. 27However, so that we don’t offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, open its mouth, and you will find a coin.p Take it and give it to them for me and you.”

a 17:3 Lit. him
b 17:4 Or tents
c 17:12 Lit. they
d 17:14 Lit. him
e 17:15 Or Lord
f 17:20 Other mss. read your little faith
g 17:20 The Gk. pronoun you is pl.
h 17:21 Other mss. lack this verse
i 17:22 Other mss. read were staying
j 17:24 Lit. didrachma
k 17:24 Lit. didrachma
l 17:25 Lit. he
m 17:25 Or went into the house
n 17:25 Lit. sons
o 17:26 Lit. sons
p 17:27 Lit. stater, a coin worth two didrachmas

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