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Christ's transfiguration. Chap. xvii.

CHAP. XVII.

1 Transfiguration of Christ; 14 he healeth the lunatic. AND after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

2 And was transfigured before them;- and his face did on as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here; a if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; b one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and, behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

6 And when the disciples heard it they fell on their faees, and were sore afraid.

7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

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8 And when they had lifttheir eyes they saw no man, save c Jesus only.

a It is good for us to stay or continue here.

b Tabernacle, a place of public worship or of temporary residence;

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c Save, except.

of Elias.

9 And, as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias d must first come?

11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not; but have done unto him whatsoever they listed; e likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

15 Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and sore vexed; for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation! how long shall I be with you? how long

d Elias, Elijah.

e Listed, pleased:

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S. Matthew.

22 ¶ And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of

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23 And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

24 ¶ And when they were come to Capernaum, h they that received tribute-money i came to Peter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tribute ? 25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the

f Apart, privately.

If you had but a small degree of faith, no more comparatively than a grain of mustard-seed.

b Capernaum, see note, Matt. iv.

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i Tribute, toll or tax.

Of paying tribute.

house Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.j

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27 Notwithstanding, les should offend them, go to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

CHAP. XVIII.

1 Christ teacheth to be humble. 7 Touching offences, 21 and forgiving one another. AT the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the. kingdom of heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, a To understand j Children free. this verse and the others in connex

ion, it should be remembered, that the tribute here exacted was for the support of the temple, from which Jesus, as being the Son of God, whose house the temple was, ought to have been exempted.

a As little children, humble and teachable.

Of giving offences,

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shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Chap. xviii. and forgiving others.

11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

12 How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

14 Even so, it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

15 Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen mand and a publican. e

4 Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the

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Wo unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but wo to that man by whom the offence cometh!

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8 Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, b cut them off, and cast them from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life halt c or maimed, rather than having two hands, or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire.

9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire.

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10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. b Offend thee, occasion thee to sin. Halt, lame.

18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind f on

d Heathen, a Pagan or idolator. e Publican, a Roman tax-gatherer. f Ye shall bind, ye shall loose, &c. Whatever you shall determine upon earth agreeable to my directions, shall be approved and confirmed by God

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