Thematic Bible

Mark 9:1 (show verse)

Mark 9:2 (show verse)

Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain to be alone with him. His appearance was changed in front of them,

Mark 9:3 (show verse)

and his clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them.

Mark 9:4 (show verse)

Then Elijah appeared to them, accompanied by Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.

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Then Peter told Jesus, "Rabbi, it's good that we're here! Let's set up three shelters one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Mark 9:6 (show verse)

(Peter didn't know how to respond, because they were terrified.)

Mark 9:7 (show verse)

Then a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. A voice came out of the cloud and said, "This is my Son, whom I love. Keep on listening to him!"

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Suddenly, as they looked around, they saw no one with them but Jesus alone.

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On their way down the mountain, Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Mark 9:10 (show verse)

They kept the matter to themselves but argued about what "rising from the dead" meant.

Mark 9:11 (show verse)

So they asked him, "Don't the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

Mark 9:12 (show verse)

He told them, "Elijah is indeed coming first and will restore all things. Why, then, is it written that the Son of Man must suffer a great deal and be treated shamefully?

Mark 9:13 (show verse)

But I tell you that Elijah has come, yet people treated him just as they pleased, as it is written about him."

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As they approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and some scribes arguing with them.

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The whole crowd was very surprised to see Jesus and ran to welcome him.

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He asked the scribes, "What are you arguing about with them?"

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A man in the crowd answered him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you. He has a spirit that won't let him talk.

Mark 9:18 (show verse)

Whenever it brings on a seizure, it throws him to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes stiff. So I asked your disciples to drive the spirit out, but they didn't have the power."

Mark 9:19 (show verse)

Jesus told them, "You unbelieving generation! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to me!"

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So they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into convulsions. He fell on the ground and kept rolling around and foaming at the mouth.

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Then Jesus asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" He said, "Since he was a child.

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The spirit has often thrown him into fire and into water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us!"

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Jesus told him, ""If you are able?' Everything is possible for the person who believes!"

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With tears flowing, the child's father at once cried out, "I do believe! Help my unbelief!"

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When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You spirit that won't let him talk or hear I command you to come out of him and never enter him again!"

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The spirit screamed, shook the child violently, and came out. The boy was like a corpse, and many said that he was dead.

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But Jesus took his hand and helped him up, and he stood up.

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When Jesus came home, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive the spirit out?"

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He told them, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."

Mark 9:30 (show verse)

Then they left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus didn't want anyone to find out about it,

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because he was teaching his disciples, "The Son of Man will be betrayed into human hands. They will kill him, but after being dead for three days he will be raised."

Mark 9:32 (show verse)

They didn't understand what this statement meant, and they were afraid to ask him.

Mark 9:33 (show verse)

Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was at home, he asked the disciples, "What were you arguing about on the road?"

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But they kept silent, because they had argued on the road with one another about who was the greatest.

Mark 9:35 (show verse)

So he sat down, called the Twelve, and told them, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."

Mark 9:36 (show verse)

Then he took a little child and had him stand among them. He took him in his arms and told them,

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"Whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me."

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John told Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he wasn't a follower like us."

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But Jesus said, "Don't stop him, because no one who works a miracle in my name can slander me soon afterwards.

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Whoever is not against us is for us.

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I tell all of you with certainty, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to the Messiah will never lose his reward."

Mark 9:42 (show verse)

"If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a large millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

Mark 9:43 (show verse)

So if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It's better for you to enter life injured than to have two hands and go to hell, to the fire that cannot be put out.

Mark 9:44 (show verse)

In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.

Mark 9:45 (show verse)

And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It's better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

Mark 9:46 (show verse)

In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.

Mark 9:47 (show verse)

And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It's better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell.

Mark 9:48 (show verse)

In that place, worms never die, and the fire is never put out.

Mark 9:49 (show verse)

Because everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.

Mark 9:50 (show verse)

Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how can you restore its flavor? Keep on having salt among yourselves, and live in peace with one another."