Luke 9:28-62 Revised Standard Version

The Transfiguration

28  Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29  And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white. 30  And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli'jah, 31  who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32  Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33  And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli'jah" --not knowing what he said. 34  As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35  And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" 36  And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Unclean Spirit

37  On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38  And behold, a man from the crowd cried, "Teacher, I beg you to look upon my son, for he is my only child; 39  and behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him till he foams, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. 40  And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." 41  Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here." 42  While he was coming, the demon tore him and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.

43  And all were astonished at the majesty of God. But while they were all marveling at everything he did, he said to his disciples,

Jesus Again Foretells His Death

44  "Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men." 45  But they did not understand this saying, and it was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

Who Is the Greatest?

46  And an argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47  But when Jesus perceived the thought of their hearts, he took a child and put him by his side, 48  and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me; for he who is least among you all is the one who is great."

He That Is Not against Us Is for Us

49  John answered, "Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." 50  But Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you."

Jesus Rebukes James and John

51  When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. 52  And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53  but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54  And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, "Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?" 55  But he turned and rebuked them. 56  And they went on to another village.

The Would-be Followers of Jesus

57  As they were going along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58  And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head." 59  To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60  But he said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61  Another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62  Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

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