Context18And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, Who do the people say that I am? 19They answered and said, John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again. 20And He said to them, But who do you say that I am? And Peter answered and said, The Christ of God. 21But He warned them and instructed them not to tell this to anyone, 22saying, The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.
23And He was saying to them all, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. 24For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. 25For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself? 26For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.
28Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming. 30And behold, two men were talking with Him; and they were Moses and Elijah, 31who, appearing in glory, were speaking of His departure which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and his companions had been overcome with sleep; but when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him. 33And as these were leaving Him, Peter said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijahnot realizing what he was saying. 34While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him! 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.
37On the next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Him. 38And a man from the crowd shouted, saying, Teacher, I beg You to look at my son, for he is my only boy, 39and a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly screams, and it throws him into a convulsion with foaming at the mouth; and only with difficulty does it leave him, mauling him as it leaves. 40I begged Your disciples to cast it out, and they could not. 41And Jesus answered and said, You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here. 42While he was still approaching, the demon slammed him to the ground and threw him into a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.
The Test of Greatness
46An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest. 47But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, 48and said to them, Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.
49John answered and said, Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow along with us. 50But Jesus said to him, Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.
51When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem; 52and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him. 53But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem. 54When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them? 55But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; 56for the Son of Man did not come to destroy mens lives, but to save them.] And they went on to another village.
57As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, I will follow You wherever You go. 58And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. 59And He said to another, Follow Me. But he said, Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father. 60But He said to him, Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God. 61Another also said, I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home. 62But Jesus said to him, No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And it came to pass, as he was praying apart, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples also were with him: and he asked them, saying: Whom do the people say that I am?
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass as he was praying alone, his disciples were with him, and he asked them saying, Who do the crowds say that I am?
English Revised Version
And it came to pass, as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?
Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as he was in retirement praying, his disciples were with him; and he asked them, saying, Who say the people that I am?
Weymouth New Testament
One day when He was praying by Himself the disciples were present; and He asked them, "Who do the people say that I am?"
World English Bible
It happened, as he was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the multitudes say that I am?"
Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, as he is praying alone, the disciples were with him, and he questioned them, saying, 'Who do the multitudes say me to be?'
LibrarySelf-Denial Versus Self-Assertion.
"If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.--LUKE ix. 23. We might naturally have thought that if there was one thing in the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST which belonged to Him alone, it was His cross-bearing. To guard against so natural a mistake, the HOLY GHOST has taken care in gospel and in epistle to draw our special attention to the oneness of the believer with CHRIST in cross-bearing; and also to prevent misunderstanding as to the character …
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