The Preaching Of Mathai The Apostle – Chapter 17ܡܬܝ
And after six days, Jeshu took Kipha, and Jakub, and Juchanon his brother, and led them to a high mountain by themselves.
And Jeshu was changed before them; and his countenance shone like the sun, and his vestments were resplendent as the light.
And there were seen with them Musha and Elia talking with him.
Then answered Kipha, and said to Jeshu,
My Lord, it is good for us to be here; and if thou art willing, we will make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Musha, and one for Elia.
But while he spake, behold, a bright cloud overspread them, and the voice was from the cloud, saying, This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I have delighted:
to him attend.
And when the disciples heard, they fell upon their faces and feared greatly.
And Jeshu approached them and touched them, and said,
Arise, fear not.
And they lifted up their eyes and saw no man, except Jeshu by himself.
And while they were descending from the mountain, Jeshu charged them, and said to them,
Before no man declare this vision,7 until the Son of man be risen from the dead.8
And the disciples asked and said to him,
Why therefore say the scribes that Elia must come first ?
Jeshu answered and said to them,
Elia cometh first that he may fulfil every thing; but I say to you, that, behold, Elia hath come, but they knew him not, and have done to him as they would.
So also is the Son of man to suffer from them.
Then understood the disciples that concerning Juchanon the Baptizer he spake to them.
AND when they came to the multitude, a man approached him and kneeled upon his knees, and said to him,
My Lord, have mercy on me ! my son is lunatic and grievously afflicted; for often he falleth into the fire and often into the water.
And I brought him to thy disciples, but they could not heal him.
Jeshu answered and said,
O unbelieving and perverse generation ! how long shall I be with you, how long shall I bear with you?
Bring him hither to me.
And Jeshu rebuked him, and the demon went forth from him, and the youth was healed from that hour.
Then came the disciples to Jeshu by himself, and said to him,
Why were we not able to heal him?
Jeshu saith to them,
Because of your unbelief; for assuredly I tell you, if there were in you faith as a grain of mustard, you should say to this mountain, Pass hence, and it would pass away; and nothing should overcome you.
But this kind goeth not forth but by fasting and by prayer.
WHEN they had returned into Galila, Jeshu said to them,
It is coming that the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and in the third day he shall arise.
And it grieved them exceedingly.
And when they came to Kapher-nachum, they who took the two zuzis, the head-silver, approached Kipha and said to him,
Your master, doth he not give his two zuzeen ? 9
He saith to them,
And when Kipha entered the house, Jeshu anticipated him, and said to him,
How doth it appear to thee, Shemun ? the kings of the earth, from whom do they take custom and headsilver, from their children, or from aliens ?
Shemun saith to him,
Jeshu saith to him,
Then the children are free.1
But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, and cast the hook; and the fish that first cometh up, open his mouth; and thou shalt find a stater, that take and present for me and thee.
7 To the eye of man tell not this vision.
8 From (among) the dead: plural.
9 The zuz, or zuza, was a silver coin, value one drachm.
1 Sons of the free.