Old Testament

Mark 9
91He said to them, “Amen I tell you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come with power.”
The Transfiguration
2After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain where they were alone by themselves. There he was transfigured in front of them. 3His clothes became radiant, dazzling white, whiter than anyone on earth could bleach them. 4And Elijah appeared to them together with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say because they were terrified.
7A cloud appeared and overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him.”
8Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.
9As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10They kept the matter to themselves, discussing with one another what this “rising from the dead” meant.
11They asked him, “Why do the experts in the law say that Elijah must come first?”
12He said to them, “Elijah does come first and restores all things. Why was it also written about the Son of Man that he must suffer many things and be rejected? 13But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it was written about him.”
Jesus Heals a Boy With a Demon
14When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them, and some experts in the law were arguing with them. 15As soon as all the people in the crowd saw Jesus, they were very excited and ran to greet him. 16He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”
17One man from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who has a spirit that makes him unable to speak. 18Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
19“O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied. “How long will I be with you? How long will I put up with you? Bring him to me.”
20They brought the boy to Jesus. As soon as the spirit saw him, it threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
21Jesus asked the boy's father, “How long has this been happening to him?”
“From childhood,” he said. 22“It has often thrown him into the fire and into the water to kill him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
23“If you can?!”[] Jesus said to him. “All things are possible for the one who believes.”
24The child's father immediately cried out and said with tears,[] “I do believe. Help me with my unbelief!”
25When Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked the unclean spirit. “You mute and deaf spirit,” he said, “I command you to come out of him and never enter him again!”
26The spirit screamed, shook the boy violently, and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many of them said, “He's dead!” 27But Jesus took him by the hand, raised him up, and he stood up.
28When Jesus went into a house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why were we not able to drive it out?”
29He said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out, except by prayer and fasting.”[]
Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection Again
30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know this, 31because he was teaching his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill him. But three days after he is killed, he will rise.”
32But they did not understand the statement and were afraid to ask him about it.
Who Is the Greatest?
33They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they remained silent, because on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35Jesus sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he will be the last of all and the servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and placed him in their midst. 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, welcomes not just me but also him who sent me.”
Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
38John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name. We tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”
39But Jesus said, “Do not try to stop him, because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil about me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41Amen I tell you: Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, will certainly not lose his reward.
Do Not Cause Little Believers to Fall Into Sin
42“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall into sin,[] it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around his neck. 43If your hand causes you to fall into sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed, than to have two hands and go into hell,[] into the unquenchable fire, 44‘where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 45If your foot causes you to fall into sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell,[] 46‘where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’[] 47If your eye causes you to fall into sin, 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 their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 49For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good. But if the salt loses its flavor, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”


  • 9:23 Some witnesses to the text read If you are able to believe.
  • 9:24 A few witnesses to the text omit with tears.
  • 9:29 A few witnesses to the text omit and fasting.
  • 9:42 Or fall from faith (Greek skandalizo is also used in verses 43, 45, and 47)
  • 9:43 Or Gehenna
  • 9:45 Or Gehenna
  • 9:46 Isaiah 66:24 is quoted in verses 44, 46, and 48. A few witnesses to the text omit verses 44 and 46.
  • 9:47 Or Gehenna