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1And he said to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will absolutely not taste of death until they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

The Transfiguration

2And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and brought them apart by themselves up a high mountain. And he was transformed before them,
  3and his garments became radiant, exceedingly white, such as no launderer on earth is able to whiten them.
  4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
  5And Peter answered and says to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents. One for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
  6For he did not know what to say, for they became terrified.
  7And a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him.”
  8And suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone, except Jesus alone with them,

Death and Resurrection Foretold

9And as they were coming down from the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one what they had seen until after the Son of Man had arisen out from among the dead.
  10And they kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising out from among the dead” meant.
  11And they asked him, saying, “Why is it that the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?”
  12And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And yet how is it that it is written of the Son of Man, that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
  13But I say to you that ‘Elijah’ has indeed come, and they have done to him whatever they pleased, just as it is written of him.”

Jesus Heals Epileptic Boy

14And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great multitude around them and experts in the law disputing with them.
  15And immediately the entire multitude, when they saw him, was greatly amazed, and running to him greeted him.
  16And he asked them, “What are you disputing with them about?”
  17And one of the multitude answered him, “Teacher, I brought to you my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute,
  18and whenever it takes hold of him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. And I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not strong enough.”
  19And he answered them and says, “O generation without trust, how long will I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him to me.”
  20And they brought him to him, and when he saw him, immediately the spirit threw him into a convulsion, and having fallen on the ground, he was rolling around foaming at the mouth.
  21And he asked his father, “How long a time has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.”
  22And often it has thrown him both into the fire and into the waters to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.”
  23And Jesus said to him, “If you are able to! All things are possible for the one who believes.”
  24Immediately the father of the child cried out, and said, “I believe. Help my unbelief.”
  25And when Jesus saw that a multitude came running together, he subdued the unclean spirit, saying to him, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter no more into him.”
  26And having cried out, and torn him much, he came out, and the boy became as if he were dead, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”
  27But Jesus took him by the hand and raised him up and he got up.
  28And when he had come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why is it that we were not able to cast it out?”
  29And he said to them, “This kind is not able to come out by anything except by prayer.”

Death and Resurrection Foretold

30They went out from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know it,
  31for he was teaching his disciples and saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and when he is killed, after three days he will rise up.”
  32But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Who is the Greatest?

33And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”
  34But they remained silent, for on the road they had argued with one another who was the greatest.
  35And he sat down, and called the Twelve, and he said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be last of all, and servant of all.”
  36And he took a little child and set it in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
  37“Whoever receives one child like this in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, does not receive only me, but also the one who sent me.”

For or Against

38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and tried to stop him because he did not follow us.”
  39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for there is no one who will do a mighty work in my name and will soon afterward be able to speak evil of me.
  40For whoever is not against us is for us.
  41For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you are Christ’s, truly I say to you, he will absolutely not lose his reward.

Removing Causes of Sin

42“And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away, it would be better for him if a millstone turned by a donkeya was hung around his neck and he was thrown into the lake.

43“And if your hand causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into the Life maimed, rather than having your two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
  44[Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.]
  45And if your foot causes you to fall away, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame, rather than having your two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
  46[Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.]
  47And if your eye causes you to fall away, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna
  48where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.b
  49For everyone will be salted with fire.
  50Salt is good, but if the salt has become unsalty, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

A huge millstone turned by a donkey, not the small millstone women used to grind grain.
From Isa. 66:24.

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