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The Transfiguration

1And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John, and led them by themselves up onto a high mountain.
  2And he was transformed before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became white as the light.
  3And Look! Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with him.
  4And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three tents here: one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
  5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
  6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.
  7And Jesus came and when he touched them, he said, “Get up, and do not be afraid.”
  8And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus only.

Elijah Comes First

9And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man has risen out from among the dead.”

10And his disciples asked him, saying, “Then why do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?”
  11And he answered and said, “Indeed, ‘Elijah is coming and will restore all things,’
  12but I say to you, that Elijah has already come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wanted. So also the Son of Man will suffer by them.”
  13Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them about John the Baptist.

Healing A Boy Afflicted by a Demon

14And when they came to the crowd, a man came to him, kneeling down before him, saying,
  15“Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is epileptic and suffers grievously, for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.
  16And I brought him to your disciples, and they were not able to cure him.”
  17And Jesus answered and said, “O unbelieving and twisted generation, how much longer will I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.”
  18And Jesus subdued him, and the demon came out of him. And the boy was cured from that hour.

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why were we not able to cast it out?”
  20And he said to them, “Because of your little trust. For truly I say to you, if you have trust like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you.”
  21[[But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]]

Death and Resurrection Foretold

22And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be handed over into the hands of men,
  23and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised from the dead.” And they were deeply grieved.

Tax Money in a Fish

24And when they came to Capernaum, those who received the two drachma Temple tax came to Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the two drachma tax?”
  25He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? The kings of the earth, from whom do they receive customs or poll-tax? From their sons, or from others?”
  26And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Therefore the sons are free.
  27But lest we cause them to fall, go to the lake and cast in a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up, and when you have opened his mouth, you will find a silver stater coin. Take that and give it to them for you and me.”

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