23 After He had sent the crowds away, (A)He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

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16 But Jesus Himself would often slip away [a]to the [b]wilderness and (A)pray.

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  1. Luke 5:16 Lit in
  2. Luke 5:16 Or deserted places

Peter Says Jesus is The Christ

18 (A)And it happened that while He was (B)praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the [a]people say that I am?”

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  1. Luke 9:18 Lit crowds

The Transfiguration

28 (A)About eight days after these sayings, He took along (B)Peter, John, and James, and (C)went up on the mountain (D)to pray. 29 And while He was (E)praying, the appearance of His face (F)became different, and His clothing became white and [a]gleaming. 30 And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31 who, appearing in [b]glory, were speaking of His (G)departure, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions (H)had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him. 33 And as [c]these two men were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, “(I)Master, it is good that we are here; and (J)let’s make three [d]tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—(K)not realizing what he was saying. 34 But while he was saying this, a cloud [e]formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And then (L)a voice came from the cloud, saying, “(M)This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” 36 And when the voice [f]had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And (N)they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.

37 (O)On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38 And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, “Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, because he is my only son, 39 and a spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves. 40 And I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not.” 41 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42 Now while he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the [g](P)greatness of God.

(Q)But while everyone was astonished at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, 44 “As for you, let these words sink into your ears: (R)for the Son of Man is going to be [h]handed over to men.” 45 But (S)they [i]did not understand this statement, and it was concealed from them so that they would not comprehend it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this statement.

The Test of Greatness

46 (T)Now an argument [j]started among them as to which of them might be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, (U)knowing [k]what they were thinking in their hearts, took a child and had him stand by His side, 48 and He said to them, (V)Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; (W)for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”

49 (X)John answered and said, “(Y)Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him, because he does not follow along with us.” 50 But Jesus said to him, “Do not hinder him; (Z)for the one who is not against you is [l]for you.”

51 When the days were approaching for (AA)His [m]ascension, He [n]was determined (AB)to go to Jerusalem; 52 and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the (AC)Samaritans to [o]make arrangements for Him. 53 And they did not receive Him, (AD)because [p]He was traveling toward Jerusalem. 54 When His disciples (AE)James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to (AF)command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55 But He turned and rebuked them.[q] 56 And they went on to another village.

Exacting Discipleship

57 (AG)As they were going on the road, (AH)someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the sky have nests, but (AI)the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59 And He said to another, (AJ)Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and (AK)proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but (AL)first permit me to say goodbye to those at my home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, (AM)No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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  1. Luke 9:29 Or flashing like lightning
  2. Luke 9:31 Or splendor
  3. Luke 9:33 Lit they
  4. Luke 9:33 Or sacred tents
  5. Luke 9:34 Lit occurred
  6. Luke 9:36 Lit occurred
  7. Luke 9:43 Or majesty
  8. Luke 9:44 Or betrayed
  9. Luke 9:45 Lit were not knowing
  10. Luke 9:46 Lit entered
  11. Luke 9:47 Lit the reasoning; or argument
  12. Luke 9:50 Or on your side
  13. Luke 9:51 Lit taking up
  14. Luke 9:51 Lit set His face
  15. Luke 9:52 Or prepare
  16. Luke 9:53 Lit His face was proceeding toward
  17. Luke 9:55 Some late mss add: and said, “You do not know of what kind of spirit you are; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy people’s lives, but to save them.”

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