Mark 9

1Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. Some of you people standing here will see the kingdom of God come before you die. The kingdom of God will come with power.” 2Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John and went up on a high mountain. They were all alone there. While these followers watched him, Jesus was changed. 3Jesus’ clothes became shining white. The clothes were whiter than any person could make them. 4Then two men were there, talking with Jesus. The men were Elijah and Moses. 5Peter said to Jesus, “Teacher, it is good that we are here. We will put three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6Peter did not know what to say, because he and the other two followers were very afraid. 7Then a cloud came and covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This ˻(Jesus)˼ is my Son and I love him. Obey him!” 8Then Peter, James, and John looked, but they saw only Jesus there alone with them. 9Jesus and the followers were walking back down the mountain. Jesus commanded the followers, “Don’t tell any person about the things you saw on the mountain. Wait until after the Son of Man rises from death. Then you can tell people what you saw.” 10So the followers obeyed Jesus and said nothing about what they saw. But they discussed what Jesus meant about rising from death. 11The followers asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” 12Jesus answered, “They are right to say that Elijah must come first. Elijah makes all things the way they should be. But why does the Scripture say that the Son of Man will suffer much and that people will think he is worth nothing? 13I tell you that Elijah has already come. And people did to him all the ˻bad˼ things they wanted to do. The Scriptures said this would happen to him.” 14Then Jesus, Peter, James, and John went to the other followers. They saw many people around them. The teachers of the law were arguing with the followers. 15When the people saw Jesus, they were very surprised. They ran to him to welcome him. 16Jesus asked, “What are you arguing with the teachers of the law about?” 17A man answered, “Teacher, I brought my son to you. My son has a spirit ˻from the devil˼ inside him. This spirit stops my son from talking. 18The spirit attacks my son and throws him on the ground. My son foams from his mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes very stiff. I asked your followers to force the evil spirit out, but they could not.” 19Jesus answered, “You people don’t believe! How long must I stay with you? How long must I continue to be patient with you? Bring the boy to me!” 20So the followers brought the boy to Jesus. When the ˻evil˼ spirit saw Jesus, the spirit attacked the boy. The boy fell down and rolled on the ground. He was foaming from his mouth. 21Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been happening to the boy?” The father answered, “Since he was very young. 22The spirit often throws him into a fire or into water to kill him. If you can do anything for him, please have pity on us and help us.” 23Jesus said to the father, “Why did you say 'if you can’? All things are possible for the one who believes.” 24The father became very excited. He said, “I do believe. Help me to believe more!” 25Jesus saw that all the people were running there to see what was happening. So Jesus spoke to the evil spirit. Jesus said, “You evil spirit that makes this boy deaf and stops him from talking—I command you to come out of this boy and never enter him again!” 26The ˻evil˼ spirit screamed. The spirit caused the boy to fall on the ground again, and then the spirit came out. The boy looked like he was dead. Many people said, “He is dead!” 27But Jesus held the boy’s hand and helped him stand. 28Jesus went into the house. His followers were alone with him there. They said, “We could not force that evil spirit out. Why?” 29Jesus answered, “That kind of spirit can only be forced out by using prayer.” 30Then Jesus and his followers left that place. They went through Galilee. Jesus did not want the people to know where they were. 31Jesus wanted to teach his followers alone. Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man will be given to people that will kill him. After three days, he will rise from death.” 32But the followers did not understand what Jesus meant. And they were afraid to ask him what he meant. 33Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. They went into a house. Then Jesus said to his followers, “I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?” 34But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest. 35Jesus sat down and called the twelve apostles to him. Jesus said, “If any person wants to be the most important, then he must make all other people more important than himself. That person must serve all other people.” 36Then Jesus took a small child. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Jesus held the child in his arms and said, 37”If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. And if a person accepts me, then that person is also accepting the One ˻(God)˼ that sent me.” 38Then John said, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of a person. He is not one of us. So we told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group.” 39Jesus said, “Don’t stop him. Any person that uses my name to do powerful things will not soon say bad things about me. 40The person that is not against us is with us. 41I tell you the truth. If a person helps you by giving you a drink of water because you belong to the Christ, then that person will truly get his reward. 42”If one of these little children believes in me, and another person causes that child to sin, then it will be very bad for that person. It would be better for that person to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea. 43If your hand makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two hands and go to hell. In that place the fire never stops. 45If your foot makes you sin, cut it off. It is better for you to lose part of your body but have life forever. That is much better than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 47If your eye makes you sin, take it out. It is better for you to have only one eye but have life forever. That is much better than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. 48The worms that eat the people in hell never die. In hell the fire is never stopped. 49Every person will be punished with fire. 50”Salt is good. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can’t make it salty again. So, be full of goodness. And have peace with each other.”

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