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Matthew 17:1-27

17  And after six days Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John and brought them up on the side of a high mountain by themselves, 2  and was transfigured before them; and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3  And lo, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking with him. 4  But Peter answered by saying to Jesus “Sir, it is a good thing we are here: if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5  While he was still speaking, lo, a luminous cloud overshadowed them; and lo, out of the cloud there was a voice saying “This is my dear son in whom I take pleasure; listen to him”; 6  and at hearing it the disciples threw themselves down on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7  And Jesus came up to them and touched them and said “Rise, and do not be afraid”; 8*  and, raising their eyes, they saw nobody but only Jesus himself. 9  And as they were coming down from the mountain Jesus gave them the injunction “Do not tell the vision to anybody till the Son of Man has risen from the dead.” 10  And his disciples put the question to him “Why is it, then, that the scribes say Elijah must come first?” 11  and he answered “O, Elijah is to come and restore everything; 12  but I tell you Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him but did with him whatever they wished; so will the Son of Man too suffer at their hands.” 13  Then the disciples understood that he had been speaking to them of John the Baptist. 14  And when they got to the crowd a man came up to him kneeling to him and saying 15  “Sir, take pity on my son, because he has the epilepsy and is in a bad way; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water; 16  and I brought him to your disciples and they could not cure him.” 17  And Jesus answered “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I bear with you? Bring him here for me.” 18  And Jesus gave him a peremptory order, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured from that moment. 19  Then the disciples approached Jesus when they were by themselves and said “Why was it we could not expel it?” 20  And he said to them “Because of your little faith; for I tell you verily, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed you will say to this mountain ‘Pass from here to there’ and it will; and nothing will be impossible to you.” 21  —— 22  And as a body of them were getting together in Galilee, Jesus said to them “The Son of Man is to be given over into the hands of men, 23  and they will kill him, and the third day he will rise”; and they took it very hard. 24*  And upon their coming to Capernaum the men who took the half-shekels came to Peter and said “Does your teacher not pay half-shekels?” 25  He said “Yes.” And when he came into the house Jesus spoke first to him, saying “What do you think, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth take duties or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” 26  And when he said “From strangers,” Jesus said to him “Hence the sons are free. 27  But in order that we may not stagger them, go to the sea and throw in a hook; and take the first fish that comes up, and by opening its mouth you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for me and you.”


17:8 Var. omits himself
17:24 Var. pay the half-shekels