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The Mission of the Twelve

Then Jesus[a] called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases,(A) and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.(B) He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey: no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.(C) Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”(D) So they departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Herod’s Perplexity

Now Herod the ruler heard about all that had taken place, and he was perplexed because it was said by some that John had been raised from the dead,(E) by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen.(F) Herod said, “John I beheaded, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him.(G)

Feeding the Five Thousand

10 On their return the apostles told Jesus[b] all they had done. Then, taking them along, he slipped quietly into a city called Bethsaida.(H) 11 When the crowds found out about it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed to be cured.

12 The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside to lodge and get provisions, for we are here in a deserted place.” 13 But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish—unless we are to go and buy food for all these people.”(I) 14 For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 They did so and had them all sit down. 16 And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed and broke them and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd.(J) 17 And all ate and were filled, and what was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.

Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

18 Once when Jesus[c] was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”(K) 19 They answered, “John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.”(L) 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Messiah[d] of God.”(M)

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone,(N) 22 saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.”(O)

23 Then he said to them all, “If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.(P) 24 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.(Q) 25 For what does it profit them if they gain the whole world but lose or forfeit themselves?(R) 26 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.(S) 27 Indeed, truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”(T)

The Transfiguration

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus[e] took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.(U) 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking about his exodus, which he was about to fulfill in Jerusalem.(V) 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep, but as they awoke they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.(W) 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us set up three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah,” not realizing what he was saying.(X) 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen;[f] listen to him!”(Y) 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.(Z)

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  1. 9.1 Gk he
  2. 9.10 Gk him
  3. 9.18 Gk he
  4. 9.20 Or The Christ
  5. 9.28 Gk he
  6. 9.35 Other ancient authorities read my Beloved