Luke 9
New Heart English Bible
1He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. 2He sent them forth to proclaim the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 3And he said to them, "Take nothing for your journey--neither staff, nor pack, nor bread, nor money; neither have two tunics. 4Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there. 5As many as do not receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them." 6They departed, and went throughout the villages, preaching the Good News, and healing everywhere.

7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done; and he was very perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, 8and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again. 9Herod said, "John I beheaded, but who is this, about whom I hear such things?" He sought to see him.

10The apostles, when they had returned, told him what things they had done. He took them, and withdrew apart to a city called Bethsaida. 11But the crowds, perceiving it, followed him. He welcomed them, and spoke to them of the Kingdom of God, and he cured those who needed healing.

12The day began to wear away; and the twelve came, and said to him, "Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and farms, and lodge, and get food, for we are here in a deserted place." 13But he said to them, "You give them something to eat." They said, "We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we should go and buy food for all these people." 14For they were about five thousand men. He said to his disciples, "Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each." 15They did so, and made them all sit down. 16He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, he blessed them, and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17They ate, and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.

18It happened, as he was praying alone, that the disciples were with him, and he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" 19They answered, "'John the Baptist,' but others say, 'Elijah,' and others, that one of the old prophets is risen again." 20He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God." 21But he warned them, and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22saying, "The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up."

23He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake, the same will save it. 25For what does it profit a person if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self? 26For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed, when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. 27But I tell you the truth: There are some of those who stand here, who will in no way taste of death, until they see the Kingdom of God."

28It happened about eight days after these sayings, that he took with him Peter, John, and James, and went up onto the mountain to pray. 29As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling. 30And look, two men were talking with him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in glory, and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they were fully awake, they saw his glory, and the two men who stood with him. 33It happened, as they were parting from him, that Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three tents: one for you, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah," not knowing what he said. 34While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud. 35A voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him." 36When the voice came, Jesus was found alone. They were silent, and told no one in those days any of the things which they had seen.

37It happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a large crowd met him. 38And look, a man from the crowd called out, saying, "Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39And look, a spirit seizes him, and all at once he cries out, and it convulses him so that he foams, and it hardly departs from him, bruising him severely. 40I begged your disciples to cast it out, and they could not." 41Jesus answered, "Faithless and perverse generation, how long must I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here." 42While he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him violently. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43They were all astonished at the majesty of God. But while all were marveling at all the things which Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44"Let these words sink into your ears, for the Son of Man will be delivered up into the hands of men." 45But they did not understand this saying. It was concealed from them, that they should not perceive it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

46There arose an argument among them about which of them was the greatest. 47Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a little child, and set him by his side, 48and said to them, "Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me. Whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For whoever is least among you all, this one is great."

49John answered, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." 50Jesus said to him, "Do not forbid him, for he who is not against you is for you."

51It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52and sent messengers before his face. They went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. 53But they did not receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. 54When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and consume them?" 55And he turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not realize what kind of Spirit you belong to. 56For the Son of Man did not come to destroy people's lives, but to save them." And they went to another village.

57As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, "I want to follow you wherever you go." 58And Jesus said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." 59He said to another, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father." 60But Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce the Kingdom of God." 61Another also said, "I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to bid farewell to those who are at my house." 62But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God."

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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