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Mark 9 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

And[a] He was saying to them, “Truly I say to you that there are some of the ones standing here who will by-no-means taste death until[b] they see the kingdom of God having come in power”.

Three Disciples See Jesus Transformed, And Hear God Tell Them To Listen To Jesus

And after six days, Jesus takes along Peter and James and John, and brings them up on a high mountain privately, alone. And He was transfigured[c] in front of them. And His garments became shining[d], very white, such as a bleacher[e] on earth is not able to make so white. And Elijah appeared to them, with Moses. And they were talking-with Jesus. And having responded, Peter says to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. And let us make three dwellings[f]— one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah”. For he did not know what he should respond, for they became terrified. And there came-to-be a cloud overshadowing[g] them. And a voice came out of the cloud: “This is My beloved Son. Be listening-to Him”. And suddenly, having looked around, they no longer saw anyone with themselves but Jesus alone.

The Disciples Ask, Wasn’t Elijah Supposed To Come Before The Messiah?

And while they were coming down from the mountain, He gave orders to them that they should relate to no one the things which they saw, except when the Son of Man rises-up from the dead. 10 And they held[h] the matter to themselves, discussing what the ‘rising-up from the dead’ meant. 11 And they were questioning Him, saying “Why is it that the scribes say that Elijah must come first[i]?” 12 And the One said to them, “Elijah, having come first, restores all things— and-yet how has it been written for[j] the Son of Man that He would suffer many things and be treated-with-contempt[k]? 13 But I say to you that Elijah indeed has come[l], and they did to him whatever they were wanting, just as it has been written for him”.

A Father Pleads With Jesus To Heal His Son Whom The Disciples Could Not Heal

14 And having come to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and scribes debating[m] with them. 15 And immediately all the multitude, having seen Him, were struck-with-wonder. And running-up, they were greeting Him. 16 And He asked them, “What are you debating with them?” 17 And one from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought my son having a mute spirit to You. 18 And wherever it overcomes[n] him, it throws-him-to-the-ground, and he foams-at-the-mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes-stiff. And I spoke[o] to Your disciples in order that they might cast it out, and they were not strong-enough [p]”. 19 And the One, having responded to them, says “O unbelieving[q] generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I bear-with you? Bring him to Me”. 20 And they brought him to Him. And having seen Him, the spirit immediately convulsed him. And having fallen on the ground, he was rolling-himself while foaming-at-the-mouth. 21 And He asked his father, “How long is it since this has happened to him?” And the one said, “From childhood. 22 And it often threw him even into fire and into waters in order that it might destroy him. But if You are able to do anything, help[r] us, having felt-deep-feelings [of pity] toward us”. 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If You are able?’ All things are possible for the one believing”. 24 Immediately, having cried-out, the father of the child was saying, “I believe. Help my unbelief ”. 25 And Jesus, having seen that a crowd is running-together-upon them, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you— come out of him and enter into him no longer”. 26 And having cried-out, and having convulsed him greatly, it came out. And he became as if dead, so that the majority were saying that “He died”. 27 But Jesus, having taken hold of his hand, raised him. And he stood-up. 28 And He having entered into a house, His disciples were questioning Him privately, “Why is it that we were not able to cast it out?” 29 And He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing except by prayer”.

Jesus Again Teaches His Disciples That He Must Die And Be Raised

30 And having gone forth from there, they were passing through Galilee. And He was not wanting anyone to know it. 31 For He was teaching His disciples, and saying to them that “The Son of Man is being handed-over into the hands of men. And they will kill Him. And having been killed, He will rise-up after three days”. 32 But the ones were not-understanding the statement, and they were fearing to question Him.

The Disciples Argue About Who Is The Greatest. Jesus Says, To Be First You Must Be Last

33 And they came to Capernaum. And having come-to-be in the house, He was questioning them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But the ones were being silent. For on the way they argued with one another who was greater[s]. 35 And having sat-down, He called the twelve. And He says to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall[t] be last of all, and servant of all”.

Whoever Welcomes a Child In My Name Welcomes Me

36 And having taken a child, He stood him[u] in the middle of them. And having taken him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such-as-these children[v] on the basis of My name, welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not [merely] welcome Me, but the One having sent Me forth”.

John Recalls an Instance When The Disciples Did Not Welcome Someone

38 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting-out demons in Your name. And we were forbidding him because he was not following us”. 39 But Jesus said, “Do not be forbidding him. For there is no one who will do a miracle on the basis of My name, and soon be able to speak-evil-of Me. 40 For he who is not against[w] us is for us. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in the name that you are Christ’s— truly I say to you that he will by no means lose his reward.

Whoever Causes One of These Little Ones To Fall Would Be Better Off Dead

42 “And whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to fall— it would be better for him if instead a donkey’s millstone[x] were lying around his neck, and he had[y] been thrown into the sea.

Better To Remove Whatever Causes You To Fall Than To Go Into Hell

43 And if your hand should be causing you to fall, cut[z] it off. It is better that you enter into life crippled than go into Gehenna[aa] having two hands— into the inextinguishable[ab] fire. 44 [ac] 45 And if your foot should be causing you to fall, cut it off. It is better that you enter into life lame than be thrown into Gehenna having two feet. 46 [ad] 47 And if your eye should be causing you to fall, throw it out. It is better that you enter into the kingdom of God one-eyed than be thrown into Gehenna having two eyes— 48 where their worm[ae] does not come-to-an-end, and the fire is not quenched. 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.

Have Salt In Yourselves, And Live In Peace

50 “Salt is good. But if the salt should become unsalty, with what will you season it? Be having salt[af] in yourselves, and be living-in-peace with one another”.


  1. Mark 9:1 In contrast to the shame of His death, which led to the words of v 33-38, Jesus now speaks of His power.
  2. Mark 9:1 See Mt 16:28.
  3. Mark 9:2 Or, transformed.
  4. Mark 9:3 Or, glistening, gleaming, radiant.
  5. Mark 9:3 Or, fuller, cloth refiner.
  6. Mark 9:5 Or, tents.
  7. Mark 9:7 Or, covering, hovering over.
  8. Mark 9:10 they held the matter to themselves discussing what. Or, they seized the statement, discussing with themselves what.
  9. Mark 9:11 Since You are the Messiah, where is Elijah. Mal 4:5 says he comes before You.
  10. Mark 9:12 That is, as destined to occur to.
  11. Mark 9:12 Or, despised. If Elijah restores all things and Messiah comes in glory, how can this be true also?
  12. Mark 9:13 Jesus may mean Elijah is coming in the future, but already came in John the Baptist; there are two comings of Elijah, just as with the Messiah. Or, He may mean Elijah is coming as the scribes correctly teach, but in fact has already come in John; Elijah came in an unexpected manner, just as the Messiah did. Compare Mt 17:11.
  13. Mark 9:14 Or, arguing, discussing.
  14. Mark 9:18 Or, seizes.
  15. Mark 9:18 spoke... cast. Or, told Your disciples to cast.
  16. Mark 9:18 Or, able.
  17. Mark 9:19 Or, faithless.
  18. Mark 9:22 Or, come to our aid.
  19. Mark 9:34 Or, greatest.
  20. Mark 9:35 That is, must be, a kind of command. Or, will be, a statement of fact.
  21. Mark 9:36 Or, her. Lit, it (the child).
  22. Mark 9:37 See Mt 18:5.
  23. Mark 9:40 That is, actively opposing us.
  24. Mark 9:42 That is, a large millstone turned by a donkey.
  25. Mark 9:42 That is, he would be better off to have been violently killed before committing this sin than to face the consequences of it.
  26. Mark 9:43 That is, take whatever measures are necessary to eliminate causes of falling in your life.
  27. Mark 9:43 That is, hell.
  28. Mark 9:43 Or, unquenchable.
  29. Mark 9:44 9:44 and 46 are added by some manuscripts, “where their worm does not come to an end and the fire is not quenched”, as in v 48.
  30. Mark 9:46 9:44 and 46 are added by some manuscripts, “where their worm does not come to an end and the fire is not quenched”, as in v 48.
  31. Mark 9:48 That is, the maggots eating their flesh never die. Jesus is quoting Is 66:24.
  32. Mark 9:50 Returning to the main point, be salt to those around you by being servants of all. Don’t lose your saltiness by focusing on who is greater.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

Mark 9 New International Version (NIV)

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

11 And they asked him, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

12 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah does come first, and restores all things. Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? 13 But I tell you, Elijah has come, and they have done to him everything they wished, just as it is written about him.”

Jesus Heals a Boy Possessed by an Impure Spirit

14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.[a]

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.

33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us

38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, 40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 41 Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Causing to Stumble

42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. [44] [b] 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. [46] [c] 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 where

“‘the worms that eat them do not die,
    and the fire is not quenched.’[d]

49 Everyone will be salted with fire.

50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”


  1. Mark 9:29 Some manuscripts prayer and fasting
  2. Mark 9:44 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
  3. Mark 9:46 Some manuscripts include here the words of verse 48.
  4. Mark 9:48 Isaiah 66:24
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