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English Majority Text Version 2009

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17:1Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain in private;
17:2and He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
17:3And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
17:4Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You desire, let us make here three tents: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
17:5While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice [came] out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
17:6And when the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and they were greatly afraid.
17:7But Jesus approached and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."
17:8And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus only.
17:9And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead."
17:10And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
17:11Jesus answered and said to them, "Elijah truly does come first, and shall restore all things.
17:12But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they desired. Thus also the Son of Man is about to suffer by them."
17:13Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.
17:14And when they came to the crowd, a man approached Him, kneeling to Him, and saying,
17:15"Lord, have pity on my son, for he is moonstruck and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
17:16So I brought him to Your disciples, but they were not able to heal him."
17:17Then Jesus answered and said, "O unfaithful and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me."
17:18And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out from him; and the boy was healed from that very hour.
17:19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"
17:20So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Be moved from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible for you.
17:21However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
17:22And while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men,
17:23and they will kill Him, and on the third day He shall be raised."And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
17:24When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?"
17:25He said, "Yes."And when he entered into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?"
17:26Peter said to Him, "From strangers."Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free.
17:27Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take the first fish coming up. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a coin; taking that, give it to them for Me and you."
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries