Chapter 17

After six days, Jesus took Peter, Jacob, and his brother John and brought them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And he was transformed in front of them. His face shined like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3And look! They saw Moses and Elijah together speaking with Jesus. 4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good that we’re here! If You want me to, I can put up three tents, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was speaking, a bright cloud came over them and a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my Son, the one I love, I am very pleased with Him. Listen to Him!” 6When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces and were very afraid. 7Jesus went over to them, touched them, and said, “Get up. Don’t be afraid.” 8They looked up and only saw Jesus, no one else. 9As they went back down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone about what you’ve seen till the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 10The disciples asked him, “So, why do the scholars say Elijah must come first?” 11Jesus answered them, “Elijah does come first and will restore everything. 12But I tell y’all, Elijah has already come. They didn’t recognize him and they did whatever they wanted to him. Just like that, the Son of Man is fixing to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples knew that he was talking about John the Baptist.

14Jesus walked toward the crowd and a man came toward him, fell on his knees before Jesus, 15and said, “Master, have mercy on my son. He’s a lunatic, and he’s suffering a lot. Often times he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16I offered him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 17Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverted generation. How long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring him to me.” 18Jesus chewed out the demon and it left, and the boy was cured right then. 19Then Jesus’ disciples came to him in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we throw it out?” 20Jesus said, “Because of your small amount of faith. Yes, I tell y’all, if y’all had faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it’ll do it. There’ll be nothing you couldn’t do. 21But, you don’t get this kind of faith without prayer and fasting.

22As they came together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is fixing to be given over to men’s hands, 23and they’ll kill him, and He’ll be raised on the third day.” They cried a lot.

24When they came to Capernaum, the temple tax collectors went toward Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25Peter said, “Yes.” He went into the house and Jesus brought it up first, “What do you think, Simon? Who do the earthly kings get their tax and tribute from? From their sons, or from others?” 26Peter said, “From others.” Jesus said, “So then, the sons are free. 27But just so we don’t offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Pick up the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you’ll find a coin. Take that and give to them for you and me.

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