Luke 9:28-62 Bible in Basic English

The Transfiguration

28  And about eight days after he had said these things, he took Peter and John and James with him and went up into the mountain for prayer. 29  And while he was in prayer, his face was changed and his clothing became white and shining. 30  And two men, Moses and Elijah, were talking with him; 31  Who were seen in glory and were talking of his death which was about to take place in Jerusalem. 32  Now Peter and those who were with him were overcome with sleep: but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men who were with him. 33  And when they were about to go away from him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah: having no knowledge of what he was saying. 34  And while he said these things, the shade of a cloud came over them, and they were full of fear when they went into the cloud. 35  And there was a voice from the cloud saying, This is my Son, the man of my selection; give ear to him. 36  And after the voice was gone they saw that Jesus was by himself. And they kept quiet, and said nothing at that time to anyone of the things which they had seen.

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

37  And on the day after, when they came down from the mountain, a great band of people came to him. 38  And a man from among them, crying out, said, Master, I make a request to you, give a thought to my son, for he is my only child: 39  And see, a spirit takes him, and suddenly he gives a cry, twisted in pain and streaming at the lips, and when it goes away from him at last, he is marked as from blows. 40  And I made a request to your disciples to send it out of him, but they were not able to do it. 41  And Jesus said, O generation without faith and false in heart, how long will I have to be with you and put up with you? let your son come here. 42  And while he was coming, he was pushed violently down and twisted by the evil spirit. But Jesus gave sharp orders to the unclean spirit, and made the boy well, and gave him back to his father.

43  And they were full of wonder at the great power of God. But while they were all wondering at all the things which he did, he said to his disciples,

Jesus Again Foretells His Death

44  Let these words go deep into your ears, for the Son of man will be given up into the hands of men. 45  But this saying was not clear to them and its sense was kept secret from them so that they were not able to see it: and they had fear of questioning him about it.

Who Is the Greatest?

46  Now there was a discussion among them about which of them would be the greatest. 47  But when Jesus saw the reasoning of their hearts, he took a small child and put him by his side, 48  And said to them, Whoever gives honour to this child in my name, gives honour to me: and whoever gives honour to me, gives honour to him who sent me: for whoever is least among you all, that man is great.

He That Is Not against Us Is for Us

49  And John, answering, said, Master, we saw a man driving out evil spirits in your name, and we did not let him do it, because he was not one of us. 50  But Jesus said to him, Let him do it, for he who is not against you is for you.

Jesus Rebukes James and John

51  And it came about that when the days were near for him to be taken up, his face was turned to go to Jerusalem, 52  And he sent men before: and they came to a small town of Samaria to make ready for him. 53  But they would not have him there, because he was clearly going to Jerusalem. 54  And when his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, Lord, may we send fire from heaven and put an end to them? 55  But turning round he said sharp words to them. 56  And they went to another small town.

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

57  And when they were on the way, a certain man said to him, I will come after you wherever you go. 58  And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have resting-places, but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head. 59  And he said to another, Come after me. But he said, Lord, let me first go and give the last honours to my father. 60  But he said to him, Let the dead take care of their dead; it is for you to go and give news of the kingdom of God. 61  And another man said, I will come with you, Lord, but first let me say a last good-day to those who are at my house. 62  But Jesus said, No man, having put his hand to the plough and looking back, is good enough for the kingdom of God.


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