Testament of Matthew

Matthew 17

1. And after six days, Jesus took Keepa [Peter] and James and his brother John up a high mountain by themselves.
2. And he became transfigured before them, and his visage radiated like the sun, and his clothes turned white like an aura.
3. And there appeared to them Moses and Elijah while talking with him.
4. And Keepa [Peter] responded, saying to Jesus, "My Lord, it would be wonderful if we could just stay here. And if you like, I will make us three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."
5. And while he was speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast its shadow over them, and, behold, a voice from the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son, by whom I am fulfilled, to him you shall listen."
6. And as the disciples heard, they fell upon their faces and were very frightened.
7. And Jesus drew near to them and touched them, saying, "Get up, do not be afraid,"
8. And they raised their eyes and saw no one*, except for Jesus by himself.
9. And as they were descending the mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, "Tell no one* about this vision, until the Son of Man rises from the dead."
10. And his disciples asked him, saying to him, "Then why do the scribes say that Elijah is supposed to come first?"
11. Jesus replied and told them, "Elijah comes first so that everything is fulfilled.
12. "However, I am telling you that, behold, Elijah has come, and they did not know him, and they did to him whatever they pleased. Also the Son of Man is destined to receive sorrow from them."
13. Then the disciples understood that he was telling them about John the Baptist.

14. And as they came to the crowd, a man came to him and knelt before him, saying to him,
15. "My Lord, have mercy on me. My son is a paralytic and in terrible condition.* He is sometimes burning with fever and other times he is shivering as though he were immersed in water.*
16. "And I brought him to your disciples and they could not heal him."
17. Jesus replied and said, "O, faithless and mindless generation, until when shall I be with you? And until when shall I minister to you? Bring him here."
18. And Jesus rebuked him and the evil spirit came out of him and the child was healed from that hour.
19. Then the disciples came to Jesus by themselves and told him, "Why could not we heal him?"
20. Jesus told them, "Because of your lack of faith. For amen, I am telling you, that if you possess the faith of a mustard seed*, you will say to the mountain here to move from here and it will move and no harm will befall you.
21. "However, this kind cannot be cast out, except by fasting and prayer."

22. As they were returning to Galilee, however, Jesus told them, "The Son of Man is destined to be betrayed by the hand of mankind.

23. "And they will kill him and on the third day he will rise," and they were much disappointed.

24. And as they came to Capernaum, there came those who collect twice as much money for the head tax,* to Keepa [Peter] and told him, "Your master does not pay the two coins?"
25. He told them, "Yes." And as Keepa [Peter] entered the house, Jesus came and said to him, "What happened to you,* the kings of the world collect their treasures and head taxes from whom, from their children or from the foreigners?"
26. Simon told him, "From foreigners." Jesus told him, "However, these are the children of the free.
27. "However, not to get them enraged, go to the sea and cast in a bait and the first fish that comes up, open its mouth and you will find money*, take it and give it on my behalf and yours."

*17:8 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "No human [being.]"
*17:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "No human [being.]"
*17:15.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Evilly done."
*17:15.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "For many seasons he falls in fire, and many seasons he falls in water."
*17:20 Lit. Ar. id: "Particle."
*17:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Set up twain twain."
*17:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "What appeared to you?"
*17:8 Lit. Ar. name: "Esterah."

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