Gospel of Matthew Chapter Seventeen

17:1 Then after six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother and brought them up high upon a mountain by themselves.
17:2 He was transfigured before them – and his face shined like the sun and his clothing was as white as the light.
17:3 Then suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared – and they were talking with him.
17:4 Then Peter responded, saying to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here: If it pleases you, let us make three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.
17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them and immediately a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Representative, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to their faces, and they were very afraid.
17:7 Then Jesus approached and touched them, saying, “Arise and don’t be afraid.”
17:8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one – except only Jesus.
17:9 And as they descended from the mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell this vision to no one until the Servant of Humanity has risen from the dead body.”
17:10 And his disciples asked him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
17:11 Thus Jesus answered and said to them, “Elijah truly shall come first, to restore everything.
17:12 But I say to you that Elijah has already come and they didn’t know him, but have done to him whatever they liked. Similarly will the Servant of Humanity be persecuted by them.
17:13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
17:14 And when they had approached the crowd, a man came to him, kneeling down to him, saying,
17:15 “Master, have mercy on my son, for he is crazy and is suffering for he often falls into the fire and many times into the water.
17:16 And I brought him to your disciples yet they could not heal him.”
17:17 Then Jesus replied, saying, “O unfaithful and perverted society – how long will I be with you? How long will I suffer of you? Bring him over to me.”
17:18 Thus Jesus cleansed the demon – who left the child, and the child was healed at that moment.
17:19 Then the disciples approached Jesus alone and said, “Why couldn’t we cast him out?”
17:20 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your distrust. For truly I say to you, if you have even the faith of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘move to another place’ and it would move – for nothing would be impossible for you.
17:22 While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Servant of Humanity will be arrested into the hands of men:
17:23 And they will murder his body and the third day he will appear. And they will be very sorry.”
17:24 And when they came to Capernaum, the publicans came to Peter and said: “Does your master not pay taxes?”
17:25 He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus stopped him, saying, “What were you thinking, Simon? Of whom do the kings of this world collect customs or taxes? From their own children or from strangers?”
17:26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.” Jesus replied, “Then the children are free.
17:27 Even so, in order not to offend them, go to the sea and cast a fish hook and pull up the fish that you catch and open his mouth. There you will find a coin: Take that coin and give it to them for me and you.”


1. Verse 17:21. This verse was not in earliest manuscripts and was thus added later: “Yet this society will not end without prayer and fasting.”