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Near 34 And when he had called the people unto him, Cæsarca. with his disciples also, he said unto them, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his

cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

And he said unto them, “Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.”

§ 27. THE TRANSFIGURATION.

IX. 2 Going up into a high mountain with three apostles

our Lord is transfigured. 4 Moses and Elijah talk with Him. 5 Peter, amazed and afraid, proposes to remain there. 7 A voice from heaven proclaims our Lord the Beloved Son. 9 He charges them to tell no one of the vision until He is risen from the dead. 10 They wonder what this means; 11 and enquire about the notion of the scribes that Elias must first come. 12 He tells them that the scribes were right as to the fact, but understood not the person intended.

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2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them. 3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses. And they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, “ Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." 6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my beloved Son; hear him." 8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 10 And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.

11 And they asked him, saying, “Why say the scribes that Elias must first come ?"

12 And he answered and told them, “ Elias verily cometh first, and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. 13 But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him.”

§ 28. MIRACLE ON THE DEMONIAC Boy.

14 The apostles in their Master's absence had in vain

endeavoured to cast out a dumb spirit. 19 Our Lord marvels at the want of faith in the world. 20 On the demoniac being brought before our Lord the evil spirit is violent. 22 The father entreats our Lord's compassion. 23 He promises it if the father will believe. 24 The man protests his faith, yet confesses its weakness and begs its increase. 25 Our Lord heals the child. 28 To the disciples' enquiry why they could not cast out the devil, our Lord replies that prayer and fasting were required.

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Tabor ? people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. 16 And he asked the scribes, “What question ye with them ?17 And one of the multitude answered and said, “ Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18 and wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him; and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away; and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out, and they could not." 9 He answereth him, and saith, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you ? bring him unto me.”

And they brought him unto him; and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. 21 And he asked his father, “How long is it ago since this came unto him?” And he said, “ Of a child. 22 And ofttimes

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it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him ; but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us." 23 Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe; all things are possible to him that believeth." 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, “ Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, “ Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.” 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him. And he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, “ Why could not we cast him out?” 29 And he said unto them, “ This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

§ 29.

OUR LORD TRAVELS IN GALILEE.

29 Our Lord would remain unnoticed, journeying through

Galilee, and teaching the apostles of his death and resurrection.

30 And they departed thence, and passed through May to Galilee; and he would not that any man should September. know it.

31 For he taught his disciples, and said Galilee.

unto them, “ The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.” 32 But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

§ 30. LESSONS ON HUMILITY AND FORBEARANCE.

33 Our Lord chides the twelve for their desire of pre

eminence, intimating that their greatness consists not in their own qualities but in his commission. 38 We are to bear with all who honour our Lord's name. 41 The slightest regard to his disciples shall not lose its recompense, nor offence to them go unpunished. 43 The exceeding danger of yielding to temptation. 49 The searching discipline of the Gospel.

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Caperputed among yourselves by the way?” 34 But they naum. held their peace; for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. 35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, “If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them; and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,

37 “ Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me; and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”

38 And John answered him, saying, “Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us; and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. 39 But Jesus said, “Forbid him not; for there is no man which shall do a miracle in

my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. 40 For he that is not against us is on our part. 41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ,

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