Mark 9

Following Jesus

8:34 Then1 Jesus2 called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower,3 he must deny4 himself, take up his cross,5 and follow me. 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life6 will lose it,7 but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. 8:36 For what benefit is it for a person8 to gain the whole world, yet9 forfeit his life? 8:37 What can a person give in exchange for his life? 8:38 For if anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him10 when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” 9:1 And he said to them, “I tell you the truth,11 there are some standing here who will not12 experience13 death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”14

The Transfiguration

9:2 Six days later15 Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them,16 9:3 and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 9:4 Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses,17 and they were talking with Jesus. 9:5 So18 Peter said to Jesus,19 “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters20 – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 9:6 (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.)21 9:7 Then22 a cloud23 overshadowed them,24 and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son.25 Listen to him!”26 9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus.

9:9 As they were coming down from the mountain, he gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 9:10 They kept this statement to themselves, discussing what this rising from the dead meant.

9:11 Then27 they asked him,28 “Why do the experts in the law29 say that Elijah must come first?” 9:12 He said to them, “Elijah does indeed come first, and restores all things. And why is it written that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be despised? 9:13 But I tell you that Elijah has certainly come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”

The Disciples’ Failure to Heal

9:14 When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and experts in the law30 arguing with them. 9:15 When the whole crowd saw him, they were amazed and ran31 at once and greeted him. 9:16 He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 9:17 A member of the crowd said to him, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that makes him mute. 9:18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to cast it out, but32 they were not able to do so.”33 9:19 He answered them,34 “You35 unbelieving36 generation! How much longer37 must I be with you? How much longer must I endure38 you?39 Bring him to me.” 9:20 So they brought the boy40 to him. When the spirit saw him, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He41 fell on the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 9:21 Jesus42 asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 9:22 It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if you are able to do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 9:23 Then Jesus said to him, “‘If you are able?’43 All things are possible for the one who believes.” 9:24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

9:25 Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was quickly gathering, he rebuked44 the unclean spirit,45 saying to it, “Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 9:26 It shrieked, threw him into terrible convulsions, and came out. The boy46 looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He is dead!” 9:27 But Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up.

9:28 Then,47 after he went into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 9:29 He told them, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”48

Second Prediction of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

9:30 They went out from there and passed through Galilee. But49 Jesus50 did not want anyone to know, 9:31 for he was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of men.51 They52 will kill him,53 and after three days he will rise.”54 9:32 But they did not understand this statement and were afraid to ask him.

Questions About the Greatest

9:33 Then55 they came to Capernaum.56 After Jesus57 was inside the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 9:34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 9:35 After he sat down, he called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 9:36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 9:37 “Whoever welcomes58 one of these little children59 in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

On Jesus’ Side

9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” 9:39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, because no one who does a miracle in my name will be able soon afterward to say anything bad about me. 9:40 For whoever is not against us is for us. 9:41 For I tell you the truth,60 whoever gives you a cup of water because61 you bear Christ’s62 name will never lose his reward.

9:42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a huge millstone63 tied around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than to have64 two hands and go into hell,65 to the unquenchable fire.66 9:45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better to enter life lame than to have67 two feet and be thrown into hell.68 9:47 If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out!69 It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have70 two eyes and be thrown into hell, 9:48 where their worm never dies and the fire is never quenched. 9:49 Everyone will be salted with fire.71 9:50 Salt72 is good, but if it loses its saltiness,73 how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”

Next Chapter