1 I tell you truly," he said, to them, "there are some of those standing here who will not taste death till they see the coming of God's Reign with power."
2 Six days afterwards Jesus took Peter, James and John, and led them up a high hill by themselves alone; in their presence he was transfigured, 3 and his clothes glistened white, vivid white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. 4 And Elijah along with Moses appeared to them, and conversed with Jesus.
5 So Peter addressed Jesus, saying, "Rabbi, it is a good thing we are here; let us put up three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah" 6 (for he did not know what to say, they were so terrified).
7 Then a cloud came overshadowing them, and from the cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him."
8 And suddenly looking round they saw no one there except Jesus all alone beside them.
9 As they went down the hill, he forbade them to tell anyone what they had seen, till such time as the Son of man rose from the dead. 10 This order they obeyed, debating with themselves what 'rising from the dead' meant.
11 So they put this question to him, "Why do the [Pharisees and] scribes say that Elijah has to come first?"
12 He said to them, "Elijah does come first, to restore all things; but what is written about the Son of man as well? This, that he is to endure great suffering and be rejected. 13 As for Elijah, I tell you he has come already, and they have done to him whatever they pleased ??as it is written of him."
14 When they reached the disciples they saw a large crowd round them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15 On seeing him the whole crowd was thunderstruck and ran to greet him. 16 Jesus asked them, "What are you discussing with them?"
17 A man from the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you; he has a dumb spirit, 18 and whenever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth. He is wasting away with it; so I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not."
19 He answered them, "O faithless generation, how long must I still be with you? how long have I to bear with you? Bring him to me." 20 So they brought the boy to him, and when the spirit saw Jesus it at once convulsed the boy; he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 Jesus asked his father, "How long has he been like this?" "From childhood," he said; 22 "it has thrown him into fire and water many a time, to destroy him. If you can do anything, do help us, do have pity on us."
23 Jesus said to him, "'If you can'! Anything can be done for one who believes."
24 At once the father of the boy cried out, "I do believe; help my unbelief."
25 Now as Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, he checked the unclean spirit. "Deaf and dumb spirit," he said, "leave him, I command you, and never enter him again."
26 And it did come out, after shrieking aloud and convulsing him violently. The child turned like a corpse, so that most people said, "he is dead"; 27 but, taking his hand, Jesus raised him and he got up.
28 When he went indoors his disciples asked him in private, "Why could we not cast it out?"
29 He said to them, "Nothing can make this kind come out but prayer and fasting."
30 On leaving there they passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know of their journey, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, telling them that the Son of man would be betrayed into the hands of men, that they would kill him, and that when he was killed he would rise again after three days. 32 But they did not understand what he said, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
33 Then they reached Capharnahum. And when he was indoors he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" 34 They said nothing, for on the road they had been disputing about which of them was the greatest. 35 So he sat down and called the twelve. "If anyone wants to be first," he said to them, "he must be last of all and the servant of all." 36 Then he took a little child, set it among them, and putting his arms round it said to them, 37 "Whoever receives one of these little ones in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives not me but him who sent me."
38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw a man casting out daemons in your name; but he does not follow us, and so we stopped him."
39 Jesus said, "Do not stop him; no one who performs any miracle in my name will be ready to speak evil of me. 40 He who is not against us is for us. 41 Whoever gives you a cup of water because you belong to Christ, I tell you truly, he shall not miss his reward.
42 And whoever is a hindrance to one of these little ones who believe, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung round his neck and be thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand is a hindrance to you, cut it off: better be maimed and get into Life, than keep your two hands and go to Gehenna, to the fire that is never quenched. 44 --
45 If your foot is a hindrance to you, cut it off: better get into Life a cripple, than keep your two feet and be thrown into Gehenna. 46 --
47 If your eye is a hindrance to you, tear it out: better get into God's Realm with one eye, than keep your two eyes and be thrown into Gehenna, 48 where their worm never dies and the fire is never put out.
49 Everyone has to be consecrated by the fire of the discipline. 50 Salt is excellent: but if salt is tasteless, how are you to restore its flavour? Let there be 'salt between you'; be at peace with one another."