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Matthew 17

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 1 And after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, and led them up to a high mountain separate from the rest.

 2 And Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone as the sun, and his raiment was as white as the light.

 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking with him.

 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you will, let us make three booths; one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

 5 While Peter was speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to [believe and obey] him." [Little by little each spoken word from Him that you hear is engrafted into your heart and imparts the life of God to you making you a little more pure.]

 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were very afraid.

 7 Then Jesus came and touched them, and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."

 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus.

 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one, until the Son of man has risen again from the dead."

 10 Then his disciples asked him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first [before the Christ]?"

 11 And Jesus answered them, "Elijah truly does come first, and restores all things.

 12 But I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. Likewise also will the Son of man suffer from them."

 13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them of John the Baptist [being the Spirit of Elijah].

 14 Now when they had come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him and saying,

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

 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him."

 17 Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation! How long will be I with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to me."

 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast him out?"

 20 And Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there;' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

 21 This verse, (21), was not written by Matthew and was later added by scribes making copies.

     However, this kind only goes out by prayer and fasting."

 22 And while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man will be betrayed into the hands of men;

 23 And they will kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again." And they were exceedingly sorry.

 24 Now when they came to Capernaum, those who received tribute [tax] money came to Peter and said, "Does your master pay tribute?"

 25 And he said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him, saying, "What do you think, Simon, of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute [taxes]; from their own children, or from strangers?"

 26 And Peter said to him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the children are exempt.

 27 Despite that, for fear that we might offend them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up; and when you have opened its mouth, you will find in it a piece of money. Take the money and give it to them for me and yourself."


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