Holman Christian Standard Bible
2 After(D) six days(E) Jesus took Peter, James, and John(F) and led them up on a high mountain(G) by themselves to be alone. He was transformed[a](H) in front of them, 3 and His clothes(I) became dazzling—extremely white(J) as no launderer on earth could whiten(K) them. 4 Elijah(L) appeared to them with Moses,(M) and they were talking with Jesus.
5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi,(N) it’s good(O) for us to be here! Let us make three tabernacles:(P) one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”— 6 because he did not know what he should say,(Q) since they were terrified.(R)
8 Then suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus alone.
9 As(Z) they were coming down from the mountain,(AA) He ordered them to tell no one what they had seen(AB) until the Son of Man(AC) had risen(AD) from the dead.(AE) 10 They kept this word(AF) to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.
12 “Elijah does come first and restores(AI) everything,”(AJ) He replied. “How then is it written(AK) about the Son of Man that He must suffer(AL) many things and be treated with contempt?(AM) 13 But I tell you that Elijah really has come, and they did whatever they pleased to him, just as it is written(AN) about him.”
The Power of Faith over a Demon
14 When(AO) they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes disputing(AP) with them. 15 All of a sudden, when the whole crowd saw Him, they were amazed[b] and ran to greet Him. 16 Then He asked them, “What are you arguing with them about?”
17 Out of the crowd, one man answered Him, “Teacher,(AQ) I brought my son to You. He has a spirit(AR) that makes him unable to speak.(AS) 18 Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I asked Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.”
19 He replied to them, “You unbelieving(AT) generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him to Me.” 20 So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. 21 “How long has this been happening to him?” Jesus asked his father.
24 Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly coming together, He rebuked(AY) the unclean(AZ) spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf(BA) spirit,[e] I command you: come out of him and never enter him again!”
26 Then it came out, shrieking and convulsing(BB) him[f] violently. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus, taking him by the hand, raised him,(BC) and he stood up.
28 After He went into a house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
The Second Prediction of His Death
30 Then(BF) they left that place and made their way through Galilee, but He did not want anyone to know it.(BG) 31 For He was teaching(BH) His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man(BI) is being betrayed[h] into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and after He is killed, He will rise(BJ) three days later.”(BK) 32 But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.(BL)
Who is the Greatest?
33 Then(BM) they came to Capernaum.(BN) When He was in the house,(BO) He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”(BP) 34 But they were silent,(BQ) because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest.(BR) 35 Sitting down, He called the Twelve(BS) and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”(BT) 36 Then He took a child,(BU) had him stand among them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes[i] one little child such as this in My name(BV) welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me does not welcome Me, but Him who sent(BW) Me.”(BX)
In His Name
39 “Don’t stop him,” said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle(CD) in My name who can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For whoever is not against us is for us.(CE) 41 And whoever gives you a cup of water to drink(CF) because of My name,[k] since you belong to the Messiah(CG)—I assure you:(CH) He will never lose his reward.(CI)
Warnings from Jesus
42 “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me(CJ)—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone[l](CK) were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes your downfall, cut it off.(CL) It is better for you to enter life maimed(CM) than to have two hands and go to hell—the unquenchable fire,(CN) [44 where
Their worm does not die,
and the fire is not quenched.[q]
49 For everyone will be salted with fire.[r](CW)[s] 50 Salt is good, but if the salt should lose its flavor, how can you make it salty?(CX) Have salt(CY) among yourselves and be at peace(CZ) with one another.”
- Mark 9:2 Or transfigured
- Mark 9:15 Or surprised
- Mark 9:23 Other mss add believe
- Mark 9:23 Jesus appears to quote the father’s words in v. 22 and then comment on them.
- Mark 9:25 A spirit that caused the boy to be deaf and unable to speak
- Mark 9:26 Other mss omit him
- Mark 9:29 Other mss omit bracketed text
- Mark 9:31 Or handed over
- Mark 9:37 Or Whoever receives
- Mark 9:38 Other mss add who didn’t go along with us
- Mark 9:41 Lit drink in the name
- Mark 9:42 A millstone turned by a donkey
- Mark 9:44 Other mss omit bracketed text
- Mark 9:44 Is 66:24
- Mark 9:46 Other mss omit bracketed text
- Mark 9:46 Is 66:24
- Mark 9:48 Is 66:24
- Mark 9:49 Other mss add and every sacrifice will be salted with salt
- Mark 9:49 Lv 2:13; Ezk 43:24