Mark 9

JMNT(i) 1 Then He continued saying to them, "Truly (or: Assuredly; Amen; Verily), I am now saying to you folks that there are certain ones (or: some) of those standing here who under no circumstances can taste (may test by sipping; = experience; partake) of death until they can (should; may) see God's kingdom (God's reign and influence as King; the sovereign activity which is God) being present, having already come within the midst of power and ability." 2 And then, after six days, Jesus proceeds in taking along Peter, Jacob (James) and John, and continues leading (or: bringing) them up into a high mountain – privately [and] alone (= by themselves). And He was transformed in front of them 3even his garments became continuously glistening (radiantly shining as an effect of radiating very bright light), exceedingly white as snow, such as no person on earth who cards, cleans and bleaches woolen clothes is able to thus whiten – 4 and Elijah, together with Moses, was seen by them, and they continued being (were existentially existing) [there], continuing in conversation with Jesus. 5 Then, after considering, Peter proceeds in saying to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is a beautiful (ideal; fine) [situation for] us to continue being (or: existing) here! So we could (or: should) construct three tents (tabernacles): one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6 You see, he had not perceived, so as to see, what considered judgment (or: decided response) he should make, for they became [other MSS: were being] so frightened (or: became terrified; became ones responding out of reverential fear). 7 And then a cloud formed, progressively overshadowing (casting shade upon) them. Next a voice sounded (came into existence; was birthed) from out of the midst of the cloud, saying, "This One is (ongoingly exists being) My Son, the Beloved One. Be habitually hearing, listening to [and thus, obeying] Him!" 8 Then suddenly, upon looking around, no longer did they see anyone, except Jesus, alone with themselves (or: they no longer saw even one person with themselves, except Jesus, only). 9 And then during their progressively descending (climbing down) from out of the mountain, He expressly gave a distinct explanation to them to the end that they should be relating (or: leading through the account of the incident) to no one what they saw – except whenever the Son of the Man (the Human Son; mankind's son) should arise (would stand back up again) from out of the midst of dead ones. 10 So they strongly held the word (= [Christ's] statement concerning not relating the matter) to themselves, continuing in discussing and questioning together as to what is the [meaning or significance of the words], "to stand back up again (or: arise again) from out of the midst of dead ones." 11 And so they began to inquire of Him, saying, "[How is it] that the scribes (= theologians of the Law; scholars) are continually saying that it is necessary for Elijah to come first?" 12 Now He affirmed to them, "Elijah indeed, coming first, progressively moves all humanity (or: all things) away from where they have been placed (or: put) down and from what has been firmly established. So how has it been written on (or: concerning) the Son of the Man (mankind's son; the Human Being; = the son of Adam; = the eschatological Messianic figure) that He should experience – and even suffer – many things and then be treated as nothing and with utter contempt and disregard? 13 "Nevertheless, I now say to you men that Elijah as well has come, so as to be here, and they do to Him (or: did with him) as many things as they were desiring and are still purposing – correspondingly as it has been written on Him (or: concerning him)." 14 Then coming toward the [other] disciples, they saw a large crowd around them – even scribes (= theologians of the Law; scholars) repeatedly making inquiries together, aimed toward them (or: discussing with them; perhaps: arguing with them). 15 And so, having seen Him, the entire crowd was astonished (or: surprised [to see Him]; or: overawed; or: completely amazed), and, progressively running toward [Him], they began to greet, salute and even embrace Him! 16 So He asked them [Concordant Text: the scribes], "Why do you continue making inquiries together, aimed toward them? (or: What are you folks discussing with them?)" 17 Then one out of the crowd decidedly answered Him, "Teacher, I brought my son to you. He continues having a speechless spirit (or: a breath-effect which renders him incapable of speech; or: an attitude which results in his being mute), 18 "so wheresoever it may seize him or get him down, it repeatedly dashes him [upon the ground] (or: [inwardly] tears and rips him up), and he continues frothing and foaming at the mouth, as well as grinding his teeth, and he progressively withers (either: becomes weak and limp; or: becomes rigid and stiff). So I spoke to your disciples so that they would cast it out (or: throw if forth from out of the midst; eject it), and yet they did not have the strength (or: they are not strong [enough])." 19 Now He, responding with a considered reply, is then saying to them, "O generation without faith and trust (or: faithless, disloyal and unbelieving generation)! Till when will I continue in being facing toward (or: being with) you folks? Till when am I continuing holding back with you (or: = bearing or putting up with you people)? Go ahead and bring him to Me." 20 So they brought him to Him, and at having seen Him, the spirit (breath-effect; attitude; mood and internal disposition; result of a breath or of breathing) at once violently convulses him and then, falling on the ground, he began rolling and wallowing (or, as a passive: continued being rolled) while continuously frothing at the mouth. 21 So He asked his father, "How much time (or: How long) is it that something like this has happened to him, and continued being thus for him?" 22 And [the father] said, "From childhood on. Further, many times it also throws him into fire or into places of water, so that it might destroy him (or, possibly: that it can loose-away from him). But now, if you continue having power and ability [to do] anything, in instant out-flowing of compassion upon us, come quickly to our aid, and help us!" 23 So Jesus said to him, "As to your 'if you continue having power and ability,' all things [are] possible to (for; by; in; with) the one habitually trusting (or: progressively believing)." [or, reading with A & other MSS: "About the 'if': you continue being able (having power) to trust (or: to believe). Everything (or: All) {is} endued with power for the one continuously trusting (or: progressively believing; constantly having confidence)!"] 24 The father of the young boy (the lad), immediately crying out, with tears was saying, "I continue trusting (or: I habitually have faith; I am now believing)! Be now helping me in the lack of faith (or: Continue being my immediate aid in the unbelief, or for lack of trust and confidence; or: Help my unbelief; Give progressive aid [in the area of] the disbelief from me)!" 25 Now Jesus, noticing (or: seeing) that the crowd is progressively running together upon [their position] (or: rapidly converging on [them]), at once spoke seriously but respectfully to the unclean spirit (or: culturally unpruned, and thus unproductive, attitude), adding a charge (or: Jesus respectfully penalized the unclean breath-effect; or: Jesus appraised the impure spirit and assessed an injunction upon it; [or, paraphrasing an interpretation: Jesus strongly speaks to the disabling mental, physical and psychological condition in reproof {censure, reprimand, or strict enjoining}]), saying to it, [that is, to] the speechless and dull spirit, "I, Myself, am now making complete arrangements for you (or: am presently setting an injunction upon you): at once come forth from out of the midst of him, and no longer (or: no more) may you at any time enter into him." 26 Then, after crying out and throwing him into severe convulsions, it went out, and he became as if dead – so as for it to be said by the majority that he died. 27 Yet Jesus, taking a strong hold on his hand, awakens and raises him up, and he stood back up. 28 Then, upon His entering into the house, His disciples (or: students; apprentices) began asking Him privately, "Why were we, ourselves, unable (or: having no power) to throw (or: cast) it out?" 29 So He said to them, "This kind (or: sort; species; race; progeny; offspring; family; lineage [note: does this indicate that it was perhaps an inherited condition?]) is normally in no way able to come (or: go) out, except within the midst of prayer (or: speaking with a view toward having goodness, and thoughts that face well-being; [other MSS add: and fasting])." 30 And upon going out from there, they began traveling along through the Galilee [district], but He continued not intending that anyone should come to know [of it] (or: but during this time He was wanting no one to come to know about it), because He was continuing to teach His disciples. 31 Then He began saying to them, "The Son of mankind (The Son of the Man; the human's son) is in the process of being given over into the hands of humanity (or: into men's hands), and they will proceed in killing Him off. Then, having been put to death, after three days He will proceed to stand back up again (or: He will proceed in raising Himself up, again)." 32 However, they continued not understanding the effect of the saying, for they still had no insight or experiential knowledge of the result that flowed from the declaration and continued being afraid to question Him (or: and kept on fearing to ask Him [about it]). 33 So they came into Capernaum, and happening to be within the house, He began inquiring of them, "What had you men been reasoning-through and trying to settle (or: debating; arguing) among yourselves on the way (or: in the road)?" 34 Yet they continued silent, for on the way they had been discussing with one another [as to] who is being [the] greatest (= most important). 35 Then, upon being seated, He summoned (or: called loudly [to]) the twelve, and then continued, saying to them, "If anyone continues intending (purposing; willing; wanting) to be first, he will continue being last of all – even an attending servant of everyone (or: all)!" 36 Next, taking a little child, He placed (or: stands) it [Greek is neuter: = a boy or a girl] in their midst, and embracing it with His arms, He said to them, 37 "Whoever may (or: should; would) hospitably welcome and embracingly receive one of such little children upon [the basis or authority of] My Name, participates in welcoming Me with hospitality and continues receiving Me in his embrace. Further, whoever may (or: should; would) continue welcoming and receiving Me in this way is not [simply] giving Me a hospitable welcome and an embraced reception, but further, [he does this to] the One sending Me with a commission (as a Representative and an Emissary)." 38 John began affirming to Him, "Teacher, we saw a certain man (or: someone) casting out (expelling) demons (Hellenistic concept and term: = animistic influences) in Your name, and we began trying to prevent him (or: kept on forbidding him) because he was not making it his habit to be following and accompanying us." 39 Yet Jesus said, "Stop forbidding him and trying to prevent him, for there is no one who will continue doing a powerful work (or: performing an act of ability) upon the [basis and authority of] My Name, and then will proceed in being able to quickly speak badly or unworthily of Me. 40 "You see, the person who is not down on us or against us is for us (or: exists being [a shelter] over us). 41 "In fact, whoever may give you folks a cup of water to drink – within (or: in) [the] Name, because you are belonging to Christ (or: because you exist having Christ as your source; or: seeing that you folks are of [the] Anointing; or, as genitive of apposition {definition}: because you exist being that which is Christ), it is true (or: count on it; amen), I am now saying to you men that he can not lose (or: may not destroy) his wage (pay; compensation). 42 "And yet, whoever may be an entrapment for (or: give bait so as to entrap; = give cause for stumbling and becoming captured, trapped, held in bondage or enslaved) one of these little ones – those continuing with faith, who are habitually trusting and believing – it is ideal rather for him if a millstone, such as is turned by an ass, continues lying around his neck and throat, and he had been thrown into the sea! 43 "Further, if ever your hand should at some point be entrapping you (be giving cause for stumbling or becoming captured, trapped, held in bondage or enslaved), at once cut it off! It is ideal [for] you, yourself, to enter into the Life maimed, than, having the two hands, to go off into the Valley of Hinnom (or: Gehenna; [note: this is a ravine south of Jerusalem where fires were kept burning to consume the dead bodies of animals, criminals and refuse]) – into the fire which is not extinguished. [note: Nestle-Aland, Westcott & Hort, Tasker, and Panin texts, following the oldest MSS, omit vss. 44 and 46, which are the same as vs. 48; MSS A D and others contain them: "'where their maggot (or: worm) continues not coming to the end [of its food], and the fire continues not being extinguished.'] 45 "And if your foot should begin repeatedly entrapping you in some snare, at once cut it off! It is ideal [for] you, yourself, to enter into the Life lame and crippled, than, having the two feet, to be thrown into the Valley of Hinnom (Gehenna: the city dump). 47 "And if your eye should begin repeatedly entrapping you in some snare, throw (or: cast) it out! It is ideal [for] you, yourself, to enter into God's kingdom (reign, activities and influence) one-eyed, than, having two eyes, to be thrown into Hinnom's ravine (Greek: Gehenna; = the city dump outside Jerusalem), 48 "'where their maggot (or: worm) continues not coming to the end [of its food], and the fire continues not being extinguished.' [Isa. 66:24] 49 "Indeed, everyone (all humanity) will be salted (seasoned and preserved) in (with; by) fire! [some MSS add: – even every sacrifice is to be salted with salt] 50 "Salt [is] ideal (fine; beautiful), yet if the salt should ever become saltless (or: deprived of saltiness; savorless), in what way (or: with what) will you proceed fitting it for seasoning? Be constantly having and holding salt within and among yourselves, and habitually be at peace (keep peace; make peace; = live in shalom) in union with one another."