1 Six days after this, Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John, and led them up on a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And in their presence His appearance was changed and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes turned as white as light. 3 Then Moses and Elijah appeared to them and kept talking with Him.
4 And Peter interrupted, and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here! If you consent, I will put up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud cast its shadow over them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I am delighted. Keep on listening to Him!"
6 When the disciples heard it, they fell upon their faces, for they were terribly frightened.
7 Then Jesus came and touched them, and said, "Get up and do not be so afraid." 8 They looked up and saw no one but Jesus Himself. 9 And as they were going down the mountain, Jesus warned them, saying, "Never mention to anyone what you have seen until the Son of Man is raised from the dead."
10 The disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
11 He answered, "Elijah does come and will get everything ready. 12 But I say to you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but treated him as they pleased. Just so the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.
14 When they reached the crowd, a man came up to Him, kneeling before Him and saying, 15 "Lord, do pity my son, for he has epilepsy and suffers excruciating pain, and often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him."
17 And Jesus answered, "O you unbelieving and perverted people of the times! How long can I put up with you? Bring him here to me!" 18 And Jesus reproved the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured that very moment.
19 After that the disciples came to Jesus and privately asked, "Why is it we could not drive it out?"
20 He answered them, "Because you have so little faith! For I solemnly say to you, if you have the faith that is living like a grain of mustard, you can say to this mountain, 'Move over from here to yonder,' and it will move over, and nothing will be impossible for you to do." 21 Omitted Text.
22 While they were going about in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be turned over into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill Him, but on the third day He will be raised again." And they were crushed with grief.
24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and asked, "Does your Teacher pay the temple tax?"
25 He answered, "Yes." When Jesus reached home -- He got there ahead of Simon -- He asked him, "What do you think about it, Simon? From whom do civil rulers collect duties or taxes, from their own citizens or from aliens?"
26 He answered, "From aliens." Jesus said to him, "So their own citizens are exempt, 27 but still, that we may not influence them to do anything wrong, go down to the sea and throw over a hook. Pull in the first fish that bites, open its mouth and you will find in it a dollar. Take it and pay the tax for both of us."