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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 17

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1 SIX days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2And in their presence he was transfigured; his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became a brilliant white. 3And they saw Moses and Elijah appear, talking with him. 4Then Peter spoke: ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is good that we are here. Would you like me to make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah?’ 5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud suddenly cast its shadow over them, and a voice called from the cloud: ‘This is my beloved Son a 17:5 This…Son: or This is my only Son. , in whom I take delight; listen to him.’ 6At the sound of the voice the disciples fell on their faces in terror. 7Then Jesus came up to them, touched them, and said, ‘Stand up; do not be afraid.’ 8And when they raised their eyes there was no one but Jesus to be seen.

9On their way down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone of the vision until the Son of Man had been raised from the dead. 10The disciples put a question to him: ‘Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ 11He replied, ‘Elijah is to come and set everything right. 12But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they failed to recognize him, and did to him as they wanted; in the same way the Son of Man is to suffer at their hands.’ 13Then the disciples understood that he meant John the Baptist.

14When they returned to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, fell on his knees before him, and said, 15‘Have pity, sir, on my son: he is epileptic and has bad fits; he keeps falling into the fire or into the water. 16I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.’ 17Jesus answered, ‘What an unbelieving and perverse generation! How long shall I be with you? How long must I endure you? Bring him here to me.’ 18Then Jesus spoke sternly to him; the demon left the boy, and from that moment he was cured.

19Afterwards the disciples came to Jesus and asked him privately, ‘Why could we not drive it out?’ 20He answered, ‘Your faith is too small. Truly I tell you: if you have faith no bigger than a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there!” and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you b 17:20 impossible for you: some witnesses add 21But there is no means of driving out this sort but prayer and fasting. .’

22 THEY were going about together in Galilee when Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be handed over into the power of men, 23and they will kill him; then on the third day he will be raised again.’ And they were filled with grief.

24On their arrival at Capernaum the collectors of the temple tax came up to Peter and asked, ‘Does your master not pay temple tax?’ 25‘He does,’ said Peter. When he went indoors Jesus forestalled him by asking, ‘Tell me, Simon, from whom do earthly monarchs collect tribute money? From their own people, or from aliens?’ 26‘From aliens,’ said Peter. ‘Yes,’ said Jesus, ‘and their own people are exempt. 27But as we do not want to cause offence, go and cast a line in the lake; take the first fish you catch, open its mouth, and you will find a silver coin; take that and pay the tax for us both.’

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a 17:5 This…Son: or This is my only Son.

b 17:20 impossible for you: some witnesses add 21But there is no means of driving out this sort but prayer and fasting.

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