9:1  And 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 after it has come with power."

9:2  Six days later, Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John, and *brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them;

9:3  and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.

9:4  Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus.

9:5  Peter *said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

9:6  For he did not know what to answer; for they became terrified.

9:7  Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!"

9:8  All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.

9:9  As they were coming down from the mountain, He gave them orders not to relate to anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose from the dead.

9:10  They seized upon that statement, discussing with one another what rising from the dead meant.

9:11  They asked Him, saying, "{Why is it} that the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

9:12  And He said to them, "Elijah does first come and restore all things. And {yet} how is it written of the Son of Man that He will suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

9:13  "But I say to you that Elijah has indeed come, and they did to him whatever they wished, just as it is written of him."

9:14  When they came {back} to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and {some} scribes arguing with them.

9:15  Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and {began} running up to greet Him.

9:16  And He asked them, "What are you discussing with them?"

9:17  And one of the crowd answered Him, "Teacher, I brought You my son, possessed with a spirit which makes him mute;

9:18  and whenever it seizes him, it slams him {to the ground} and he foams {at the mouth,} and grinds his teeth and stiffens out. I told Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not {do it.}"

9:19  And 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!"

9:20  They brought the boy to Him. When he saw Him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and falling to the ground, he {began} rolling around and foaming {at the mouth.}

9:21  And He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him? And he said, "From childhood."

9:22  "It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"

9:23  And Jesus said to him, " `If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."

9:24  Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief."

9:25  When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again."

9:26  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!"

9:27  But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him; and he got up.

9:28  When He came into {the} house, His disciples {began} questioning Him privately, "Why could we not drive it out?"

9:29  And He said to them, "This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer."

9:30  From there they went out and {began} to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know {about it.}

9:31  For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, "The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later."

9:32  But they did not understand {this} statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.

9:33  They came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house, He {began} to question them, "What were you discussing on the way?"

9:34  But they kept silent, for on the way they had discussed with one another which {of them was} the greatest.

9:35  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."

9:36  Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them,

9:37  "Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."

9:38  John 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."

9:39  But 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.

9:40  "For he who is not against us is for us.

9:41  "For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because of your name as {followers} of Christ, truly I say to you, he will not lose his reward.

9:42  "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.

9:43  "If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,


9:45  "If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than, having your two feet, to be cast into hell,


9:47  "If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,


9:49  "For everyone will be salted with fire.

9:50  "Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty {again?} Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."