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Matthew 17

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Jesus’ Appearance Is Changed
1Six days later Jesus went up a high mountain. He brought Peter, James, and John the brother of James with him. 2As they were watching, his appearance changed. His face shone like the sun and his clothes became bright as light. 3Then Moses and Elijah appeared in front of them and started talking with Jesus.
4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it’s good for us to be here. If you’d like, I can set up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them. A voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I’m very pleased with him. Listen to him!”
6When the disciples heard this, they were terrified and fell with their faces to the ground. 7But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said, “don’t be afraid.” 8When they looked up, no one was there except Jesus.
9On the way down the mountain, Jesus told them, “Don’t tell anyone what you’ve seen until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
10The disciples asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah has to come first?”
11Jesus replied, “Elijah is supposed to come and put everything back in order. 12But I tell you, Elijah has already come. But people didn’t recognize him, so they did whatever they wanted to him. In the same way, they’re going to make the Son of Man suffer.” 13Then the disciples understood that Jesus was talking to them about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Boy Controlled by a Demon
14When they got back, they found a crowd gathered. A man approached Jesus and got down on his knees in front of him. 15“Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son. He shakes wildly and suffers a great deal. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
17“You faithless, disobedient generation!” Jesus replied. “How long am I going to be with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18Jesus ordered the demon to leave the boy, and the demon came out of him. He was healed at that moment.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive out the demon?”
20-21He answered, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Jesus Speaks a Second Time About His Coming Death
22When they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over to people 23who will kill him, but on the third day he will rise from the dead.” Then the disciples were filled with deep sadness.
Jesus Pays the Temple Tax
24Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum. There the people who collected the temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Does your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25“Yes, he does,” he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “Who do the kings of the earth collect taxes and fees from? Do they collect them from their own children, or from others?”
26“From others,” Peter answered.
“Then the children don’t have to pay,” Jesus responded. 27“But let’s not put an obstacle in anyone’s way. Go to the lake and throw out your fishing line. Open the mouth of first fish you catch, and you’ll find a coin that’s the exact amount you need. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
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Jesus Talks with Moses and Elijah
1Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, the brother of James, up on a high mountain by themselves. 2While they watched, Jesus’ appearance was changed; his face became bright like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3Then Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.
4Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you want, I will put up three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5While Peter was talking, a bright cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”
6When his followers heard the voice, they were so frightened they fell to the ground. 7But Jesus went to them and touched them and said, “Stand up. Don’t be afraid.” 8When they looked up, they saw Jesus was now alone.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone about what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
10Then his followers asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”
11Jesus answered, “They are right to say that Elijah is coming and that he will make everything the way it should be. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him. They did to him whatever they wanted to do. It will be the same with the Son of Man; those same people will make the Son of Man suffer.” 13Then the followers understood that Jesus was talking about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Sick Boy
14When Jesus and his followers came back to the crowd, a man came to Jesus and bowed before him. 15The man said, “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has epilepsy and is suffering very much, because he often falls into the fire or into the water. 16I brought him to your followers, but they could not cure him.”
17Jesus answered, “You people have no faith, and your lives are all wrong. How long must I put up with you? How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy here.” 18Jesus commanded the demon inside the boy. Then the demon came out, and the boy was healed from that time on.
19The followers came to Jesus when he was alone and asked, “Why couldn’t we force the demon out?”
20Jesus answered, “Because your faith is too small. I tell you the truth, if your faith is as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. All things will be possible for you. [21That kind of spirit comes out only if you use prayer and fasting.]”
Jesus Talks About His Death
22While Jesus’ followers were gathering in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man will be handed over to people, 23and they will kill him. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” And the followers were filled with sadness.
Jesus Talks About Paying Taxes
24When Jesus and his followers came to Capernaum, the men who collected the Temple tax came to Peter. They asked, “Does your teacher pay the Temple tax?”
25Peter answered, “Yes, Jesus pays the tax.”
Peter went into the house, but before he could speak, Jesus said to him, “What do you think? The kings of the earth collect different kinds of taxes. But who pays the taxes—the king’s children or others?”
26Peter answered, “Other people pay the taxes.”
Jesus said to Peter, “Then the children of the king don’t have to pay taxes. 27But we don’t want to upset these tax collectors. So go to the lake and fish. After you catch the first fish, open its mouth and you will find a coin. Take that coin and give it to the tax collectors for you and me.”