Luke 9



1 And having called together His twelve disciples, He gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

2 And He sent· them ·out to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the·​·sick.

3 And He said to them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staffs, nor pack, nor bread, nor silver, neither have two tunics apiece.

4 And into whatever house you enter, there remain, and thence go·​·out.

5 And as·​·many·​·as shall not accept you, when you come·​·out of that city, shake·​·off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

6 And going·​·out, they passed into the villages announcing·​·the·​·gospel and curing everywhere.

7 But Herod the tetrarch heard all things that were·​·done by Him, and was·​·perplexed, since it was said by some that John was risen from the dead;

8 and by some, that Elijah had appeared; and by others, that one of the ancient prophets had risen·​·again.

9 And Herod said, John I have beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such·​·things? And he sought to see Him.

10 And, having returned, the apostles told Him whatever they had done; and taking them, He departed by Himself to a deserted place of the city called Bethsaida.

11 And the crowds, knowing it, followed Him; and having received them, He spoke to them concerning the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need·​·of a cure.

12 And the day began to decline; and the twelve coming said to Him, Send· the crowd ·away, that going·​·away into the villages and fields all·​·around, they may rest and find provisions; for here we are in a deserted place.

13 But He said to them, Give ye them to eat. But they said, We have no more than five loaves and two fish, if we go not and buy food for all this people.

14 For they were about five·​·thousand men. And He said to His disciples, Make them recline in groups reclining by fifties.

15 And they did so, and had them all recline.

16 And having taken the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looking·​·up to heaven He blessed them, and broke, and gave to the disciples to set·​·before the crowd.

17 And they ate, and were· all ·satisfied; and there was taken·​·up of their excess of fragments twelve baskets.

18 And it came to pass as He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him; and He asked them, saying, Who do the crowds say that I am?

19 And they answering said, John the Baptist; but others say Elijah; and others that some one of the ancient prophets has risen·​·again.

20 And He said to them, But who do you say that I am? And Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

21 And He admonished them, and charged them to tell this to no·​·one,

22 saying that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief·​·priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised·​·up.

23 And He said to all, If anyone wills to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

24 For whoever wills to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his soul for My sake, he shall save it.

25 For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but lose himself, or be·​·deprived of his soul*?

26 For whoever shall be·​·ashamed of Me and of My words, of him shall the Son of Man be·​·ashamed, when He shall come in the glory of Him, and of the Father, and of the holy angels.

27 But I say to·​·you truly, There are some of those standing here, who shall not taste death, until they see the kingdom of God.

28 And it came to pass about eight days after these words, that taking Peter and John and James, He went up into a mountain to pray.

29 And it came·​·to·​·pass, while He prayed, that the appearance of His face was changed, and His vesture was white as lightning.

30 And behold, two men spoke·​·with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,

31 who, being seen in glory, told of His departure which He was·​·about to fulfill in Jerusalem.

32 And Peter and they who were with him were heavy with sleep; and being·​·awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing·​·with Him.

33 And it came·​·to·​·pass as they were separated from Him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah; not knowing what he said.

34 And as he said these·​·things, there was a cloud, and it overshadowed them; and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son; hear Him.

36 And when the voice had·​·come, Jesus was found alone; and they were·​·silent, and reported to no·​·one in those days any of those things which they had seen.

37 And it came·​·to·​·pass on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a crowd of many met Him.

38 And behold, a man from the crowd cried·​·out saying, Teacher, I entreat Thee, look upon my son, for he is my only-begotten.

39 And behold, a spirit takes him, and he suddenly cries out; and it convulses him with foaming, and roughly departs from him, bruising him.

40 And I entreated Thy disciples that they would cast· him ·out, and they could not.

41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, till when shall I be with you, and bear·​·with you? Bring thy son hither.

42 And as He was yet coming, the demon tore him, and convulsed him; but Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave· him ·back to his father.

43 And they all wondered at the greatness of God. And while they all marveled at all that Jesus did, He said to His disciples,

44 Put ye these words into your ears; for the Son of Man shall be delivered·​·up into the hands of men.

45 But they were ignorant of this saying, and it was hidden from them, that they did not comprehend; and they feared to ask Him concerning this saying.

46 And there entered into them a reasoning which of them should be greatest.

47 And Jesus, seeing the reasoning of their heart, took a little·​·child and stood him by Himself,

48 and said to them, Whoever shall receive this little·​·child in My name receives Me, and whoever shall receive Me receives Him who sent Me; for whoever* is least among you all, he shall be great.

49 And John answering said, Master, we saw one casting·​·out demons in Thy name, and we forbade him, because he follows not with us.

50 And Jesus said to him, Forbid him not; for whoever is not against us is for us.

51 And it came to pass when the days were fulfilled for His being taken up, He fixed His face to go to Jerusalem,

52 and sent messengers before His face. And they going, entered into a village of the Samaritans to prepare for Him.

53 And they did not accept Him, because His face was going to Jerusalem.

54 And when His disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, willest Thou that we tell fire to come·​·down from heaven, and consume them, as Elijah did?

55 But turning, He rebuked them, and said, You know not of what·​·sort of spirit you are;

56 for the Son of Man came not to destroy men’s souls, but to save. And they went to another village.

57 And it came to pass, as they went in the way, a certain one said to Him, Lord, I will follow Thee wherever Thou goest.

58 And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to recline His head.

59 And He said to another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.

60 But Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead; but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61 And another also said, I will follow Thee, Lord, but permit me first to take·​·leave of those in my house.

62 But Jesus said to him, No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking backward, is suited for the kingdom of God.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.