9 Then Yeshua said, “The truth is, that some of those who are standing here, won’t taste of death, till they’ve seen the realm of God come with power.”
Elijah and Moses Appear with the Christ
[2-13] And after six days Yeshua took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain alone by themselves. Then the Christ was suddenly changed right in front of them. And the Christ’s clothing was shining brightly, as white as snow; like no cleaner on earth can whiten them. And Elijah and Moses appeared to them: and they were talking with Yeshua. And Peter said to Yeshua, “Christ, it’s good that we’re here with you. Let’s make three memorial stones; one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He didn’t know what to say because they were very afraid. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Child, who I love: Listen to Yeshua.” And suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one, but Yeshua with them anymore. And as they came down from the mountain, Yeshua told them, “Don’t tell anyone what you’ve seen, till I’ve come to life again from the dead.” And they kept those words to themselves, questioning one another about what the Christ meant by coming to life again from the dead. And they asked the Christ, saying, “Why do the religious leaders say that Elijah must come first?” And Yeshua told them, “The truth is, Elijah will come first, and explain everything; and tell what the Word says of Me, that I must suffer many things, and become of no importance. But I tell you, That Elijah has already come, and they did to him whatever they wanted to, as the Word says of him.”
An Only Child Healed from Seizures
[14-19] And when Yeshua came back to the followers, the Christ saw a great crowd around them, and the religious leaders arguing with them. And when all the people saw the Christ, they were very excited, and suddenly ran to Greet Yeshua. And the Christ asked the religious leaders, “What are you arguing with them about?” And someone in the crowd answered, “Christ, I’ve brought You my child, who is taken with an evil spirit and can’t speak; And whenever it overcomes my child with seizures, the child foams at the mouth, and clenches his teeth, and faints. I spoke to your followers and asked them to put it out; but they couldn’t. So the Christ answered, saying, “You faithless people, how long must I be with you? How long do I have to put up with you? Bring the child to Me.”
[20-27] And when they brought the child to Yeshua, suddenly, the spirit overcame him; and threw him down, and the child wallowed on the ground foaming. And Yeshua asked the child’s parent, “How long ago was it since this began to happen?” And he answered, “Since he was a young child. And often it has put the child into the fire, and into the water, and almost killed him: but if you can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” So Yeshua said, “If you believe, everything is possible for those who believe.” And suddenly, the parent of the child cried out with tears, saying, “Christ, I do believe; but You help my unbelief.” When Yeshua saw that the people came running together, the Christ took control over the evil spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I order you to come out of this child, and don’t come into him anymore.” And the spirit cried, and struggled very much, and came out of the child: and the child was like a dead person; so that many said, The child is dead. But Yeshua took the child by the hand and lifted him up; and the child got up.
[28-29] And when they came into the house, the followers privately asked, “Why couldn’t we put the spirit out?” And the Christ answered, “The only way this kind will go out is by willingly going without food to pray.”
[30-37] And they left there, and went through Galilee; but the Christ didn’t want anyone to know it. And Yeshua said to the followers, “I will be given into the hands of others, and they’ll kill Me; and after I’m killed, I will come to life again the third day.” But they didn’t understand what the Christ told them, and were afraid to ask about it. Then they went to Capernaum. The Christ asked them, while they were in the house, “What was it that you argued about among yourselves on the way?” But they didn’t say anything because on the way they had argued among themselves about who would be the greatest of them. And the Christ sat down, and called the twelve, saying to them, “If anyone wants to be first, that one will be last of all, and will work for everyone.” And Yeshua picked up a child, and set the child in the middle of them: saying to them, “Whoever accepts one child like this in My Name, accepts Me: and whoever accepts Me, accepts not only Me, but the One who sent Me.”
[38-50] And John said to Yeshua, “Christ, we saw someone putting out evil spirits in Your Name, but they don’t follow along with us, so we told them to stop.” But Yeshua said, “Don’t stop them because there’s no one who does a miracle in My Name, who can lightly speak evil of Me. Whoever isn’t against us is with us. And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My Name, because you belong to Christ, the truth is, they’ll certainly get their reward. And whoever offends one of these little ones that believe in Me, it would better for that one to have a large stone hung around their neck, and be drowned in the sea. So if your hand offends you, don’t use it as if it was cut off: it’s better for you to live disabled, than having two hands and go to hell, to the eternal fire, where the worms never die, and the fire never goes out. And if your foot offends you, don’t use it as if it was cut off: it’s better for you to live disabled, than have two feet to be put into hell, to the eternal fire: where their worms never die, and the fire never goes out. And if your eye offends you, don’t use it as if it was put out: it’s better for you to come into the realm of God disabled, than having two eyes and be put into the hell fire: where the worms never die, and the fire never goes out. Everyone will be tested with fire, and every sacrifice will be flavored with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt has no flavor, what will you season it with? So have the flavor of goodness in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”
10[1-9] And they left there, and went into the coasts of Judea by the far side of the Jordan. The people came to the Christ again there; who taught them, as usual. And the religious leaders came to tempt the Christ, and asked Yeshua, “Is it right for someone to divorce their spouse?” And the Christ answered them, “What did Moses tell you?” And they said, “Moses allowed us to write a writ of divorcement, and to divorce.” So Yeshua answered them, “Moses wrote you this principle because of your unforgiving hearts. But from the beginning of creation God made humanity male and female. And because of this, they’re to leave their parents, and come together in marriage; And the two of them becomes as one body: so that they’re not two anymore, but are as one body. So whoever God has put together, no one should separate.”
[10-12] And later in the house the followers asked the Christ again about the same thing. And Yeshua answered, “If a man divorces his wife, and marries another, he sins sexually against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and is married to another, she takes part in sexual sin, as well.”
[13-16] And the people brought young children to the Christ, hoping that the Christ would bless them, but the followers scolded those that brought them. Yeshua saw it, and was greatly displeased, saying to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t forbid them to, because the realm of God is full of little ones like these. The truth is, whoever won’t come to the realm of God with undoubting faith as a little child, they won’t come in.” And the Christ picked them up, laid hands on them, and blessed them.
[17-22] And when they had gone out into the way, someone came running, and kneeled down, asking, “Good Christ, what can I do to get everlasting life?” And Yeshua said, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God. You know God’s teachings, Don’t do any sexual sin, Don’t kill, Don’t steal, Don’t lie about someone, don’t cheat, Honor your parents.” And the young person answered, “Christ, I have done all this from my youth up.” Then Yeshua lovingly looked at the young person, and said, “There’s only one thing that you lack: go and sell whatever you’ve got, and give to those who are poor, and you’ll have wealth in heaven: then come, pick up your cross, and follow Me.” And the young person, who was very rich, was sad and went away grieved because of what the Christ had said.
[23-27] And Yeshua looked around, saying to the followers, “Those, who have riches, will hardly come into the realm of God!” And the followers were amazed at these words. But Yeshua said again, “Friends, it’s very hard for those who trust in riches to come into the realm of God! It’s easier for a camel to be completely unloaded and go through the eye of a needle, that is, the smallest gate, than for a rich person to come into the realm of God.” And they were amazed more than ever, saying among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” And Yeshua looking on them said, “This may be impossible for human beings, but not with God, because everything is possible with God.”
[28-31] Then Peter began to say to the Christ, “See; we’ve left everything, and have followed you.” And Yeshua answered, “The truth is, there’s no one that has left a house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or spouse, or children, or lands, for My sake, and the New Word’s, that won’t get a hundred times that much more now in this life, homes, and brothers, and sisters, and parents, and children, and lands, but not without suffering discrimination; and in the world to come everlasting life. But many that are first will be last; and the last will be first.”
[32-34] And they were going up to Jerusalem and on the way, Yeshua went ahead of them: and as they followed, they were shocked and afraid, because the Christ took the twelve again, and began to tell them what things would happen, saying, “We’re going up to Jerusalem; I’ll be handed over to the leading priests there, and to the religious leaders. Tthey’ll accuse Me of being worthy of death, and will deliver Me to the Romans: And they’ll mock and beat Me, and spit on Me, and will kill Me; but the third day I will come to life again.”
[35-45] And James and John, the children of Zebedee, came, saying, “Christ, we want you to do us a favor.” And the Christ answered, “What do you want Me to do for you?” So they said, “Let us sit one on your right side, and the other on your left, when you come in your victory.” But Yeshua answered, “You don’t know what you ask: can you go through what I have to go through? and suffer what I have to suffer?” And they said, “We can.” And Yeshua answered, “You certainly will go through what I have to go through; and suffer as I do: But to sit beside Me isn’t Mine to give; but it’ll be given to those for whom it’s prepared.” And when the other ten heard it, they resented James and John. But Yeshua called them over, saying to them, “You know that those who rule over the other peoples use control over them; and their leaders use power over them. But it won’t be like that among you: but whoever wants to be great among you, will be your minister. And whoever of you wants to be a leader, will work for everyone else, even as I didn’t come to be ministered to, but to minister to others, and to give My life in order to pay the debts of many.”
[46-52] And they came to Jericho: and as the Christ went out of Jericho with the followers and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the child of Timaeus, sat by the side of the street begging. And when he heard that it was Yeshua of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, “Yeshua, Descendant of David, have mercy on me.” And many told him to be quiet: but he hollered out a great deal more, “Descendant of David, have mercy on Me.” And Yeshua stood still, and told him to be called. And they called the one who was blind, saying to him, “It’s okay, get up; the Christ is calling for you.” And tossing aside his outer clothing, he got up, and came to Yeshua. And Yeshua answered, “What do you want Me to do for you?” So the one who was blind said, “Christ, I want to get my eyesight again.” So Yeshua said, “Go now; your faith has made you well.” And suddenly he could see again, and followed Yeshua on the way.
11[1-11] And when they came near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, the Christ sent out two of the followers, and said, “Go into the next town now: and as soon as you go in it, you’ll find a foal tied, in which no one has ever rode. Untie it, and bring it here. And if anyone says to you, Why are you doing this? Say that Yeshua, the Christ has need of it; and they’ll send it.” And they left, and found the foal tied by the door outside in a place where two roads met; and they untied it. And certain of those who stood there asked, “Why are you untying the foal?” So they answered just as Yeshua had told them to: and so they let them go. And they brought the foal to Yeshua, and put their outer coats on it; and the Christ rode on it. And many spread their coats down the road and others cut down palm branches off the trees, and spread them down the road. And those who went ahead, and those who followed, hollered out, saying, “Save us! Blessed is the One who comes in the Name of Yahweh God! Blessed is the realm of God, the Heir of David, the One that comes in the Name of Yahweh God: Oh save us, Highest One.” And Yeshua went in Jerusalem, and into the place of worship. After the Christ had looked around at everything, and when the evening had come, the Christ went out to Bethany with the twelve.
[12-14] And the next day, when they had come from Bethany, the Christ was hungry. Seeing a fig tree a little way off having leaves, the Christ came up to it, thinking that there might be fruit on it. And coming to it, the Christ didn’t find anything but leaves on it because it wasn’t time for the figs yet. So Yeshua said to it, “No one will eat fruit from this tree ever again.” And the followers heard it.
[15-19] Then they came to Jerusalem: and Yeshua went into the place of worship, and began to throw out all those who sold and bought in the place of worship, throwing over the tables of the bankers, and the seats of those who sold doves; and wouldn’t let anyone carry anything through the place of worship. And the Christ said, “Isn’t it written, My house will be called the house of prayer by all nations? But you’ve made it a place for thieves.” And the religious leaders and leading priests heard it, and looked for a way to get rid of Yeshua because they were afraid of the Christ, because all the people were so amazed at the Christ’s teachings. And when evening came, they went out of the city.
[20-26] And in the morning, as they passed by it, they saw that the fig tree had dried up from the roots. And Peter, reminding them, said, “Christ, the fig tree that you cursed has died.” And Yeshua answered, “You must have faith in God, because the truth is, that whoever says to this mountain, Move, and go into the sea; and doesn’t doubt in their heart, but believes that the things which they say will happen; whatever they say will happen. So I tell you, when you pray, whatever you want, believe that you’ll get it, and you’ll get just what you wanted. And when you stand praying, you must forgive, if you have something against someone, so that Yahweh, your God who is in heaven, can also forgive you your sins. But if you don’t forgive, neither will your God who is in heaven forgive your sins.”
[27-33] And they came again to Jerusalem: and as they were walking into the place of worship, some of the leading priests came up to them, along with the religious leaders, and the elders, and asked the Christ, “By what power do you do this? Who gave you the power to do it?” And Yeshua answered them, “I’ll also ask you a question, and if you can answer me, then I’ll tell you by what power I do this. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of human origin? Answer Me.” And they argued among themselves, saying, “If we say, from heaven; Yeshua will say, Why didn’t you believe him then? But if we say, Of human origin; we fear the people because they all count John as a great preacher.” So they answered Yeshua, “We don’t know.” And Yeshua answered, “Then neither will I tell you by what power I do this.”
12[1-12] And Yeshua began again to speak to them by stories, saying, “Someone planted a garden, and built a wall around it, and dug a place for the winepress, and built a guard tower, and rented it out to farmers, and went into a far country. And at the end of the season the owner sent to the farmers a worker, to get of the fruit of the garden from the farmers. Who they caught and beat, and sent away empty-handed. And again the owner sent to them another worker; and they threw stones at this one, who they wounded in the head, and shamefully sent away. And again the owner sent another; and they killed that one, and many others; beating some, and killing some. So still having one child, the owner’s own dear loved one, the owner sent the heir at last to them also, saying, They’ll respect my child. But those farmers said among themselves, This is the heir; come, if we kill the heir, the inheritance will be ours. And they took the heir out of the garden and killed the heir. So what will the owner of the garden do? The owner will come and kill the farmers, and will give the garden to others. Haven’t you read this Word: The stone which the builders rejected has become the first cornerstone: This was God’s doing and it’s amazing in our eyes?” And they looked for a way to take Yeshua prisoner, but were afraid of the people because they knew that the Christ had told the story about them. Then the Christ left them, and went away.
On Paying Taxes and Tithes
[13-17] Then they sent to the Christ some of the religious leaders and some of Herod’s people, to try to find fault in the Christ’s words. And when they had come, they said to Yeshua, “Christ, we know that you’re honest, and don’t care what anyone thinks because you don’t consider what others say, but teach the way of God in truth: Is it right to pay taxes to the ruling government, or not? Do we pay it or not?” But the Christ, knowing they were trying to find some fault, answered, “Why do you try to tempt me? Bring me a coin, so that I can see it.” And they gave a coin to Yeshua. Then the Christ asked, “Whose picture and name is this?” And they said, “The ruler’s.” Then Yeshua said, “Then pay your taxes to the government and give to God what belongs to God.” And they were amazed at that answer.
No Sexuality in the Afterlife
[18-27] Then some of the religious sects came, which say no one will come to life again; and asked, “Christ, Moses wrote to us, if someone dies, and leaves their wife behind without children, that another would take their wife, and give her children. Now there were seven people: and the first took a wife, and dying left no children. And the second took her, and died, without leaving any children: and the third the same. And all seven had her, and left no children: last of all the woman died also. When we come to life again in the afterlife, whose wife will she be, because all seven had her for a wife? And Yeshua answered, “You’re wrong, because you don’t know the Word, nor the power of God. When we come to life from the dead, we won’t be sexual and live in marriage; but are neither male nor female, as the angels are in heaven. And speaking of the dead coming to life again: haven’t you read in the book of Moses, how God spoke in the bush, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God isn’t the God of the dead, but the God of the living: so you’re very wrong.”
[28-34] And one of the religious leaders came up, and having heard them discussing it, and perceiving that the Christ had answered them well, asked the Christ, “Which is the the most important rule of all?” And Yeshua answered, “The most important of all the rules is, Hear, Oh Israel; God, our God, is One God: Love Yahweh, your God with all your spirit, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first rule. And the second is like it, namely this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There’s no other rule greater than these.” And the religious leader said, “You’ve answered well, Christ, you’ve said the truth because there’s One God; and there’s no other god but Yahweh, our God: And to love God with all the spirit, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, is more than all the offerings and sacrifices one could give.” And when Yeshua saw that he had answered carefully, the Christ said, “You aren’t far from the realm of God.” And no one dared to ask Yeshua any more questions after that.
Christ David’s Descendant
[35-37] While teaching in the place of worship Yeshua asked, “How can the religious leaders say that the Christ is the Descendant of David? If David himself said by the Holy Spirit, Yahweh God said to my Christ, sit beside me, till I make those who come against you a place to rest Your feet. So David himself called the Christ, Christ; so how can the Christ be the descendant of David?” And the common people gladly listened to Yeshua.
False Religious Leaders
[38-40] And the Christ taught them, saying, “Beware of the religious leaders, which love to go around in impressive clothing, and love greetings in the shopping centers, and the best seats in the places of worship, and the best places at the dinners of religious celebrations: But who take the money from poor widows, and for a pretence make long prayers. They’ll get the greater punishment.”
[41-44] And Yeshua sat next to the treasury, and watched how the people put money into the treasury. Many that were rich put in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two small coins. And the Christ called the followers over, saying to them, “The truth is that this poor widow has given more than anyone else who has given to the treasury, because all they did was to give from what they had extra; but she gave from out of her need and put in all that she had, even all her living.”