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Luke 9:1-62

9  And he called together the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2  and sent them to proclaim the Reign of God and to heal, 3  and said to them “Do not take anything for the journey, neither a walking-stick nor a wallet nor bread nor money, nor have two shirts to a man. 4  And whatever house you go into, stay there and come out from there. 5  And whatever people do not receive you, in coming out of that city shake off the dust from your feet for an attestation against them.” 6  And they went out and went along through the villages, preaching the gospel and curing people of sickness everywhere. 7  And the tetrarch Herod heard of all that was going on, and was puzzled, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, and by some that Elijah had appeared, 8  and by others that some old-time prophet had arisen. 9  But Herod said “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” and tried to get a chance to see him. 10  And the apostles returned and told him the story of everything they had done; and he took them and withdrew with them by himself to a city named Bethsaida. 11  But the crowds, finding it out, followed him; and he made them welcome and spoke to them about the Reign of God, and healed those who needed a cure. 12  But the day began to decline; and the Twelve came to him and said to him “Dismiss the crowd, so that they may go to the villages and farmlands round about and get lodged and find provisions, because here we are in an uninhabited place.” 13  But he said to them “Give them something to eat yourselves.” And they said “We have no more than five cakes of bread and two fishes, unless it is for us to go and buy eatables for all these people”— 14  for there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples “Have them lie down by groups of about fifty each”; 15  and they did so, and got them one and all lying down. 16  And he took the five cakes and the two fishes, and looked up to the sky and blessed them and broke them up and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd; 17  and they all ate and had their fill, and there were taken up what they had of fragments left over, twelve baskets. 18  And there was a time, while he was praying in private, that the disciples were with him and he put the question to them “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19  And they answered “John the Baptist—and others, Elijah—and others, that one of the old-time prophets has arisen.” 20  And he said to them “And who do you say I am?” And Peter answered “God’s Messiah.” 21  But he peremptorily enjoined them not to tell this to anyone, 22  saying that the Son of Man must suffer a great deal, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and rise on the third day. 23  And he said to all “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him repudiate himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24  For whoever wishes to save his self will lose it; but whoever loses his self on my account, he will save it. 25*  For what good will a man get by making a profit of the whole world and a loss of himself? 26  For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and his Father’s and the holy angels’. 27  But I tell you truly, there are some of those who stand here who shall not taste death till they see the Reign of God.” 28  And about a week after these things he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountainside to pray. 29  And while he was praying the look of his face became different and his clothes flashing white; 30  and lo, there were two men talking with him; it was Moses and Elijah, 31  who, appearing in glory, spoke of his departure which he was to consummate at Jerusalem. 32  But Peter and those who were with him were weighed down with sleep, but when they waked up they saw his glory and the two men that were standing with him. 33  And while those were parting from him Peter said to Jesus “Master, it is a good thing we are here: let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he was saying. 34  And as he was saying these things there was a cloud, and it overshadowed them; and they were afraid when they entered the cloud. 35  And there came a voice out of the cloud, “This is my chosen son: listen to him.” 36  And as the voice came, Jesus alone was to be found. And they kept silence and did not report any of the things they had seen to anybody in those days. 37  And when they came down off the mountain on the next day he encountered a great crowd; 38  and a man shrieked out from the crowd “Teacher, I beg you to take notice of my son, because he is the only one I have, 39  and here a spirit takes him and all of a sudden he screams, and it convulses him and raises a foam, and it is with great difficulty that it can be got to come away from him, breaking him all to pieces; 40  and I begged your disciples to expel it and they could not.” 41  And Jesus answered “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be among you and bear with you? bring your son here.” 42  But even while he was coming the demon struck him down and threw him into a convulsion; but Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43  And all were astonished at the grandeur of God. But while all were wondering at all that he was doing he said to his disciples 44  “Lodge these words in your ears: for the Son of Man is to be given up into the hands of men.” 45  But they did not know what to make of this saying, and it was veiled from them so that they should not apprehend it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. 46  And the question came up among them which of them was greatest. 47  But Jesus, knowing their inward questioning, took a child and had it stand at his side, 48  and said to them “Anybody who receives this child in my name is receiving me, and anybody who receives me is receiving him who sent me; for he who is smallest among you all, he is greatest.” 49  And John answered “Master, we saw somebody expelling demons in your name and we stopped him because he does not follow with us.” 50  But Jesus said to him “Do not stop him, because he who is not against us is for us.” 51  And when the days for his being taken up came around, he set his face to go to Jerusalem 52  and sent messengers ahead of him; and they went, and came into a village of Samaritans to make preparations for him; 53  and they did not receive him, because he was headed toward Jerusalem. 54  And when the disciples James and John saw it they said “Sir, will you have us say the word for fire to come down out of the sky and consume them?” 55*  But he turned and rebuked them, 56  and they went to another village. 57  And while they were going along somebody said to him on the road “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58  And Jesus said to him “The foxes have dens and the birds of the air perches, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59  And he said to another “Follow me”; but he said “Permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60  And he said to him “Leave the dead to bury their dead, but for your part go and advertise the Reign of God.” 61  And still another said “I will follow you, sir; but first permit me to bid farewell to the people at home.” 62*  But Jesus said to him “Nobody who puts his hand to a plow and looks back is fit for the Reign of God.”


9:25 The Greek has here two words for loss, one being that which means the loss of a particular object, the other that which means a lessening of general assets
9:55 Var. adds and said “You do not know what sort of spirits you are of; (56) for the Son of Man did not come to destroy lives but to save them.”
9:62 Var. is looking backward and putting his hand to a plow