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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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The Transfiguration
(Mk 9.2–13; Lk 9.28–36)
1 # 2 Pet 1.17–18 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter and the brothers James and John and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. 2As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun, and his clothes were dazzling white. 3Then the three disciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. 4So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
5 # Gen 22.2; Deut 18.15; Ps 2.7; Is 42.1; Mt 3.17; 12.18; Mk 1.11; Lk 3.22 While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased — listen to him!”
6When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downwards on the ground. 7Jesus came to them and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don't be afraid!” 8So they looked up and saw no one there but Jesus.
9As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don't tell anyone about this vision you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from death.”
10 # Mal 4.5 Then the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah has to come first?”
11 “Elijah is indeed coming first,” answered Jesus, “and he will get everything ready. 12#Mt 11.14But I tell you that Elijah has already come and people did not recognize him, but treated him just as they pleased. In the same way they will also ill-treat the Son of Man.”
13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon
(Mk 9.14–29; Lk 9.37–43a)
14When they returned to the crowd, a man came to Jesus, knelt before him, 15and said, “Sir, have mercy on my son! He is an epileptic and has such terrible fits that he often falls in the fire or into water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”
17Jesus answered, “How unbelieving and wrong you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the boy here to me!” 18Jesus gave a command to the demon, and it went out of the boy, and at that very moment he was healed.
19Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked him, “Why couldn't we drive the demon out?”
20 # Mt 21.21; Mk 11.23; 1 Cor 13.2 “It was because you haven't enough faith,” answered Jesus. “I assure you that if you have faith as big as a mustard seed, you can say to this hill, ‘Go from here to there!’ and it will go. You could do anything!”#17.20 Some manuscripts add verse 21: But only prayer and fasting can drive this kind out; nothing else can (see Mk 9.29).
Jesus Speaks Again about his Death
(Mk 9.30–32; Lk 9.43b–45)
22When the disciples all came together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be handed over to people 23who will kill him; but three days later he will be raised to life.”
The disciples became very sad.
Payment of the Temple Tax
24 # Ex 30.13; 38.26 When Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Does your teacher pay the temple tax?”
25“Of course,” Peter answered.
When Peter went into the house, Jesus spoke up first, “Simon, what is your opinion? Who pays duties or taxes to the kings of this world? The citizens of the country or the foreigners?”
26“The foreigners,” answered Peter.
“Well, then,” replied Jesus, “that means that the citizens don't have to pay. 27But we don't want to offend these people. So go to the lake and drop in a line. Pull up the first fish you hook, and in its mouth you will find a coin worth enough for my temple tax and yours. Take it and pay them our taxes.”