The Transfiguration

17 (A)Six days later, Jesus *took with Him (B)Peter and [a]James, and his brother John, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter responded and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If You want, (C)I will make three [b]tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, (D)a voice from the cloud said, “(E)This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell [c]face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, “Get up, and (F)do not be afraid.” And raising their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone.

(G)When they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, (H)Tell the vision to no one until (I)the Son of Man has (J)risen from the dead.” 10 And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that (K)Elijah must come first?” 11 And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did [d]to him whatever they wanted. So also (L)the Son of Man is going to suffer [e]at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.

The Demon-possessed Boy

14 (M)When they came to the crowd, a man came up to [f]Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 [g]Lord, have mercy on my son, because he (N)has seizures and suffers terribly; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was healed [h]at once.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 And He *said to them, “Because of your meager faith; for truly I say to you, (O)if you have faith [i]the size of (P)a mustard seed, you will say to (Q)this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and (R)nothing will be impossible for you.[j]

22 (S)And while they were gathering together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be [k]handed over to men; 23 and (T)they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day.” And they were deeply grieved.

The Temple Tax

24 Now when they came to Capernaum, those who collected (U)the [l]two-drachma tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay (V)the [m]two-drachma tax?” 25 He *said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect (W)customs or [n](X)poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?” 26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are [o]exempt. 27 However, so that we do not (Y)offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a [p]stater. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”

Rank in the Kingdom

18 (Z)At that [q]time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “(AA)Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him among them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you [r]change and (AB)become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. So whoever will humble himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name, receives Me; but (AC)whoever (AD)causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to [s]sin, it is better for him that a [t]heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Stumbling Blocks

“Woe to the world because of its [u]stumbling blocks! For (AE)it is inevitable that [v]stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person through whom the [w]stumbling block comes!

“And (AF)if your hand or your foot is causing you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you; it is better for you to enter life maimed or without a foot, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. And (AG)if your eye is causing you to sin, tear it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the [x](AH)fiery hell.

10 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones; for I say to you that (AI)their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.[y]

Ninety-nine Plus One

12 “What do you think? (AJ)If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains, and go and search for the one that is lost? 13 And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that have not gone astray. 14 So it is not the will [z]of your Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.

Discipline and Prayer

15 “Now (AK)if your brother sins[aa], go and [ab]show him his fault [ac]in private; if he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that (AL)on the [ad]testimony of two or three witnesses every [ae]matter may be confirmed. 17 And if he refuses to listen to them, (AM)tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, (AN)he is to be to you as [af]a Gentile and [ag]a tax collector. 18 Truly I say to you, (AO)whatever you [ah]bind on earth [ai]shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you [aj]loose on earth [ak]shall have been loosed in heaven.

19 “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, (AP)it shall be done for them [al]by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, (AQ)I am there in their midst.”


21 Then Peter came up and said to Him, “Lord, (AR)how many times shall my brother sin against me and I still forgive him? Up to (AS)seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to [am](AT)seventy-seven times.

23 “For this reason (AU)the kingdom of heaven [an]is like a king who wanted to (AV)settle accounts with his slaves. 24 And when he had begun to settle them, one who owed him [ao]ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 But since he [ap](AW)did not have the means to repay, his master commanded that he (AX)be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and (AY)prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And the master of that slave felt compassion, and he released him and (AZ)forgave him the [aq]debt. 28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred [ar]denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 But he was unwilling, [as]and went and threw him in prison until he would pay back what was owed. 31 So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their master all that had happened. 32 Then summoning him, his master *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 (BA)Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his master, moved with anger, handed him over to the [at]torturers until he would repay all that was owed him. 35 (BB)My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your [au]heart.”

Concerning Divorce

19 (BC)When Jesus had finished these words, He left Galilee and (BD)came into the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and [av]large crowds followed Him, and (BE)He healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to [aw]Jesus, testing Him and [ax]asking, “(BF)Is it lawful for a man to [ay]divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read (BG)that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘(BH)For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and (BI)the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate.” They *said to Him, “(BJ)Why, then, did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?” He *said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to [az]divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, (BK)whoever [ba]divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman [bb]commits adultery[bc].”

10 The disciples *said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.” 11 But He said to them, (BL)Not all men can accept this statement, but (BM)only those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by people; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who is able to accept this, let him accept it.”

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 (BN)Then some children were brought to Him so that He would lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, [bd](BO)Leave the children alone, and do not [be]forbid them to come to Me; for (BP)the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.

The Rich Young Ruler

16 (BQ)And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do so that I may obtain (BR)eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but (BS)if you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, (BT)You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not give false testimony; 19 (BU)Honor your father and mother; and (BV)You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man *said to Him, “All these I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be [bf]complete, go and (BW)sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have (BX)treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, (BY)it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, (BZ)it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them, Jesus said to them, (CA)With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The Disciples’ Reward

27 Then Peter responded and said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the [bg]regeneration when (CB)the Son of Man will sit on [bh]His glorious throne, (CC)you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And (CD)everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother [bi]or children or farms on account of My name, will receive [bj]many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 (CE)But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.


  1. Matthew 17:1 Or Jacob
  2. Matthew 17:4 Or sacred tents
  3. Matthew 17:6 Lit on their faces
  4. Matthew 17:12 Lit in him; or in his case
  5. Matthew 17:12 Lit by them
  6. Matthew 17:14 Lit Him
  7. Matthew 17:15 Or Sir
  8. Matthew 17:18 Lit from that hour
  9. Matthew 17:20 Lit like
  10. Matthew 17:20 Late mss add (traditionally v 21): But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting
  11. Matthew 17:22 Or betrayed
  12. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to about two denarii or two days’ wages for a laborer, paid as a temple tax
  13. Matthew 17:24 Equivalent to about two denarii or two days’ wages for a laborer, paid as a temple tax
  14. Matthew 17:25 I.e., a tax on each person in the census
  15. Matthew 17:26 Lit free
  16. Matthew 17:27 A silver four-drachma Greek coin
  17. Matthew 18:1 Lit hour
  18. Matthew 18:3 Lit turn
  19. Matthew 18:6 Or stumble, and so throughout the ch
  20. Matthew 18:6 Lit millstone turned by a donkey
  21. Matthew 18:7 I.e., enticements to sin
  22. Matthew 18:7 I.e., enticements to sin
  23. Matthew 18:7 I.e., enticements to sin
  24. Matthew 18:9 Lit Gehenna of fire
  25. Matthew 18:10 Late mss add (traditionally v 11): For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost
  26. Matthew 18:14 Lit before
  27. Matthew 18:15 Late mss add against you
  28. Matthew 18:15 Or correct
  29. Matthew 18:15 Lit between you and him alone
  30. Matthew 18:16 Lit mouth
  31. Matthew 18:16 Lit word
  32. Matthew 18:17 Lit the
  33. Matthew 18:17 Lit the
  34. Matthew 18:18 I.e., forbid
  35. Matthew 18:18 Gr fut. pft. pass. tense
  36. Matthew 18:18 I.e., permit
  37. Matthew 18:18 Gr fut. pft. pass. tense
  38. Matthew 18:19 Lit from
  39. Matthew 18:22 Or possibly seventy times seven
  40. Matthew 18:23 Lit has been compared to
  41. Matthew 18:24 By one estimate, a debt of 60 million working days for a laborer
  42. Matthew 18:25 Or was unable to
  43. Matthew 18:27 Or loan
  44. Matthew 18:28 The denarius was a day’s wages for a laborer
  45. Matthew 18:30 Lit but
  46. Matthew 18:34 I.e., jailors assigned to torture prisoners
  47. Matthew 18:35 Lit hearts
  48. Matthew 19:2 Or many
  49. Matthew 19:3 Lit Him
  50. Matthew 19:3 Lit saying
  51. Matthew 19:3 Lit send away
  52. Matthew 19:8 Lit send away
  53. Matthew 19:9 Lit sends away
  54. Matthew 19:9 One early ms makes her commit adultery
  55. Matthew 19:9 One early ms adds and he who marries a divorced woman commits adultery
  56. Matthew 19:14 Or Permit the children
  57. Matthew 19:14 Or prevent them from coming
  58. Matthew 19:21 Or perfect
  59. Matthew 19:28 Or renewal; i.e., the new world
  60. Matthew 19:28 Lit the throne of His glory
  61. Matthew 19:29 One early ms adds or wife
  62. Matthew 19:29 One early ms a hundred times

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