Matthew 17



1 And after six days Jesus takes Peter, and James, and John his brother, and brings· them ·up into a high mountain by themselves,

2 and was transformed before them; and His face shone as the sun, and His garments became white as the light.

3 And, behold, there was seen by them Moses and Elijah, speaking with Him.

4 And Peter answering said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; if Thou willest, let us make here three tabernacles: one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

5 While he was yet speaking, behold, an illuminated cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.

6 And the disciples hearing, fell on their face, and feared exceedingly.

7 And Jesus coming touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

8 And lifting·​·up their eyes, they saw no·​·one, except Jesus only.

9 And as they came·​·down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, Tell the vision to no·​·one, until the Son of Man rise·​·again from the dead.

10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come?

11 And Jesus answering said to them, Elijah indeed comes first, and shall restore all things.

12 But I say unto you that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but have done unto him whatever they willed; so also the Son of Man is·​·about to suffer by them.

13 Then understood the disciples that He spoke to them concerning John the Baptist.

14 And when they had come to the crowd, there came to Him a man kneeling·​·before Him, and saying,

15 Lord, have·​·mercy on my son, for he is·​·a·​·lunatic, and suffers badly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.

16 And I brought· him ·to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, till when shall I be with you? Till when shall I bear·​·with you? Bring him hither to Me.

18 And Jesus rebuked him; and the demon came·​·out of him; and the boy was cured from that very hour.

19 Then the disciples coming·​·to Jesus by themselves, said, Why could not we cast· him ·out?

20 And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for amen I say to you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard·​·seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Pass·​·on from here to there; and it shall pass·​·on; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

21 But this kind goes· not ·out, except by prayer and fasting.

22 And while they were occupied in Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men;

23 and they shall kill Him; and on the third day He shall be raised·​·up. And they sorrowed greatly.

24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they who received the didrachma* came to Peter, and said, Does not your Teacher pay the didrachma?

25 He says, Yes. And when he had come into the house, Jesus came·​·before him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tribute or duty? From their own sons, or from strangers?

26 Peter says to Him, From strangers. Jesus declares to him, Therefore the sons are free.

27 But lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, cast a hook, and take·​·up the fish that first comes·​·up, and when thou hast opened its mouth, thou shalt find a stater*; that take, and give unto them for Me and thee.

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