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Matthew 17

The Transfiguration

1 And after six days Jesus took Peter and James and John his brother and brought them up to [a] high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transformed before them, and his face shown as the sun, his garment became white as light. 3 And behold Moses and Elijah were seen by them conversing with him. 4 But Peter answering said to Jesus: Lord, it is good1 [that] we are here. If you wish, we will build three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah. 5 While he was yet speaking behold [a] radiant cloud overshadowed them, and behold [a] voice out of the cloud said: This is my agape-beloved son with whom I am well-pleased. Be hearing him. 6 And when the disciples heard they fell on their faces and feared greatly. 7 And Jesus came and grasping them said: Rise and be not fearing. 8 And when they lifted up their eyes they saw nothing except Jesus himself only.

9 And while coming down the mountain Jesus commanded them saying: Tell the vision to no one until the son of man rises out of [the] dead. 10 And the disciples asked him saying: Why therefore do the scribes say the Elijah must come first? 11 And answering he said: Elijah indeed comes and restores2 everything. 12 But I say to you that Elijah already came and they did not know him, but did with him whatever they wished. Thus also is the son of man about to be suffering by them. 13 Then the disciples understood that he spoke to them concerning John the Baptist.

The Disciples's Failure to Heal

14 And when they came to the crowd [a] man came to him kneeling before him 15 and saying: Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is insane3 and suffers evil-ly. For often he falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples and they were unable to heal him. 17 Jesus answering said: O unbelieving and perverted nation, How long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Be bringing him here to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out from him and the child was healed from that hour. 19 Then when the disciples came to Jesus privately they said: Why were we unable to cast it out? 20 So he says to them: Because of your unbelief4. Truly I say to you, if you have belief like [a] grain of mustard, you will say to this mountain: Go from here to there, and it will go, and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 5But this type does not go out except in prayer and fasting.

Second Prediction of Jesus's Death and Resurrection

22 When they came together in Galilee Jesus said to them: The son of man is about to be delivered into the hands of men. 23 And they will kill him, and on the third day he will arise. And they were greatly disturbed.

The Temple Tax

24 When they came into Capernaum the [ones] collecting double-drachmas came to Peter and said: Doesn't your teacher pay [the] double-drachma? 25 He says: Yes. And when they came to the house Jesus came before him saying: How does it seem to you Simon? From which do the kings of the earth collect taxes or tolls? From his sons or from the strangers6? 26 So when he said: From the strangers7, Jesus said to him: Therefore the sons are exempt. But in order that we not cause them to stumble, having gone to the sea throw [a] fishhook and take the first fish you bring up, and opening its mouth you will find [a] stater. Taking this give [it] to them for me and you.

1or "beautiful"

2or "reestablishes"

3literally "moon-struck"—"epilepsy" (?)

4"unbelief" DWK vg; "little-belief" ℵB

5vs 21: DWK vg; omit the verse: Bℵ few

6or "foreigners"

7or "foreigners"