Mark 9
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The Transfiguration

1And Jesus was saying to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God when it has come with power.”

2And six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter, [a]James, and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was [b]transfigured before them; 3and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. 4And Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. 5Peter responded and *said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here; let’s make three [c]tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6For he did not know how to reply; for they became terrified. 7Then a cloud [d]formed, overshadowing them, and a voice [e]came out of the cloud: “This is My beloved Son; [f]listen to Him!” 8And suddenly they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.

9As they were coming down from the mountain, He gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, [g]until the Son of Man rose from the dead. 10They [h]seized upon [i]that statement, discussing with one another [j]what rising from the dead meant. 11And they asked Him, saying, “Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” 12And He said to them, “Elijah does come first and he restores all things. And yet how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13But I say to you that Elijah has [k]indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written of him.”

All Things Possible

14And when they came back to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him. 16And He asked them, “What are you disputing with them?” 17And one person from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, because he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; 18and [l]whenever it seizes him, it slams him to the ground, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes stiff. And I told Your disciples so that they would cast it out, but they could not do it.19And He answered them and *said, “O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me!” 20And they brought [m]the boy to Him. When he saw Him, the spirit immediately threw him into convulsions, and falling to the ground, he began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21And He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to kill him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” 23But Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” 25When Jesus saw that a crowd was [n]rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I [o]command you, come out of him and do not enter him [p]again!” 26And after crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsions, it came out; and the boy became so much like a corpse that most of them said, “He is dead!” 27But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him, and he got up. 28When He came into the house, His disciples began asking Him privately, “Why is it that we could not cast it out?” 29And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything except prayer.”

Death and Resurrection Foretold

30And from there they went out and began to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know about it. 31For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be [q]handed over to men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” 32But they [r]did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

33They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He began to question them: “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. 35And sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” 36And He took a child and placed him among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37“Whoever [s]receives [t]one child like this in My name [u]receives Me; and whoever [v]receives Me does not [w]receive Me, but Him who sent Me.”

Dire Warnings

38John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40For the one who is not against us is [x]for us. 41For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink [y]because of your name as followers of Christ, truly I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.

42“Whoever causes one of these [z]little ones who believe in Me to [aa]sin, it is better for him if a heavy millstone is hung around his neck and he [ab]is thrown into the sea. 43And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed, than, having your two hands, to go into [ac]hell, into the unquenchable fire.[ad] 45And if your foot is causing you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life without a foot, than, having your two feet, to be thrown into [ae]hell.[af] 47And if your eye is causing you to sin, throw it away; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be thrown into [ag]hell, 48where THEIR WORM DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT EXTINGUISHED. 49For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you [ah]make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

[a] 2 Or Jacob
[b] 2 I.e., visibly changed
[c] 5 Or sacred tents
[d] 7 Lit occurred
[e] 7 Lit occurred
[f] 7 Or give constant heed
[g] 9 Lit except when
[h] 10 Or kept to themselves
[i] 10 Lit the word
[j] 10 Lit what was the rising from the dead
[k] 13 Lit even
[l] 18 Or wherever
[m] 20 Lit him
[n] 25 Lit running together
[o] 25 Or Myself command
[p] 25 Or from now on
[q] 31 Or betrayed
[r] 32 Lit were not knowing
[s] 37 Or welcomes
[t] 37 Lit one of such children
[u] 37 Or welcomes
[v] 37 Or welcomes
[w] 37 Or welcome
[x] 40 Or on our side
[y] 41 Lit in a name that you are Christ’s
[z] 42 Or lowly
[aa] 42 Or stumble
[ab] 42 Lit has been thrown (intensified)
[ac] 43 Gr Gehenna
[ad] 43 Late mss repeat v 48 here as v 44
[ae] 45 Gr Gehenna
[af] 45 Late mss repeat v 48 here as v 46; cf. note 2 v 43
[ag] 47 Gr Gehenna
[ah] 50 Lit season it

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