Luke 9:29
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New International Version
As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

New Living Translation
And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

English Standard Version
And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.

Berean Study Bible
And as He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became radiantly white.

Berean Literal Bible
And it came to pass in His praying, the appearance of His face was altered, and His clothing became dazzling white.

New American Standard Bible
And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.

King James Bible
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white.

International Standard Version
While he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes turned dazzling white.

NET Bible
As he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became very bright, a brilliant white.

New Heart English Bible
As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he prayed, the appearance of his face was transfigured and his garments became white and they were shining.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.

New American Standard 1977
And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

King James 2000 Bible
And as he prayed, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his clothing was white and glistening.

American King James Version
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

American Standard Version
And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and dazzling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And whilst he prayed, the shape of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and glittering.

Darby Bible Translation
And as he prayed the fashion of his countenance became different and his raiment white [and] effulgent.

English Revised Version
And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and dazzling.

Webster's Bible Translation
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening.

Weymouth New Testament
And while He was praying the appearance of His face underwent a change, and His clothing became white and radiant.

World English Bible
As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became white and dazzling.

Young's Literal Translation
and it came to pass, in his praying, the appearance of his face became altered, and his garment white -- sparkling.
Study Bible
The Transfiguration
28About eight days after Jesus had said these things, He took Peter, John, and James, and went up on a mountain to pray. 29And as He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became radiantly white. 30Suddenly two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with Jesus.…
Cross References
Mark 9:3
His clothes became radiantly white, brighter than any launderer on earth could bleach them.

Mark 16:12
After this, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them as they walked along in the country.

Luke 3:21
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened,

Luke 5:16
Yet He frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray.

Luke 6:12
In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.

Luke 9:18
One day as Jesus was praying in private and the disciples were with Him, He questioned them: "Who do the people say I am?"

Luke 9:30
Suddenly two men, Moses and Elijah, began talking with Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

Exodus 34:29-35 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the …

Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the …

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, …

Mark 9:2,3 And after six days Jesus takes with him Peter, and James, and John, …

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw …

Philippians 3:7,8 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…

2 Peter 1:16-18 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known …

Revelation 1:13-16 And in the middle of the seven candlesticks one like to the Son of …

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

(29) And as he prayed.--We again note, as characteristic of St. Luke, the stress laid upon our Lord's prayers here, as before in Luke 3:21; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12.

The fashion of his countenance was altered.--It is, perhaps, noticeable that the Evangelist who had the most classical culture avoids the use of the classical word "transfigured" or "metamorphosed," employed by the others. For him that word might have seemed too suggestive of the "metamorphoses" which the great work of Ovid had connected with the legends of Greek mythology.

Verse 29. - And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, etc. The marvellous change evidently passed over Jesus while he was in prayer, probably because of his intense prayer. Real, close communion with God ever imparts to the countenance of the one who has thus entered into communion with the High and Holy One, a new and strange beauty. Very many have noticed at times this peculiar and lovely change pass over the faces of God's true saints as they prayed - faces perhaps old and withered, grey with years and wrinkled with care. A yet higher degree of transfiguration through communion with God is recorded in the case of Moses, whose face, after he had been with his God-Friend on the mount, shone with so bright a glory that mortal eye could not bear to gaze on it until the radiance began to fade away. A similar change is recorded to have taken place in the case of Stephen when he pleaded his Divine Master's cause in the Sanhedrin hall at Jerusalem with such rapt eloquence that to the by-standers his face then, we read, "was as the face of an angel." Stephen told his audience later on, in the course of that earnest and impassioned pleading, that to him the very heavens were opened, and that his eyes were positively gazing on the beatific vision. Yet a step higher still was this transfiguration of our Lord. St. Luke tells us simply that, "as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered." St. Matthew tells us how it was altered when he writes that "his countenance shone as the sun." And his raiment was white and glistering; literally, lightening forth, as if from some inward source of glorious light. The earthly robes were so beautified by contact with this Divine light that human language is exhausted by the evangelists to find terms and metaphors to picture them. St. Matthew compares these garments of the Blessed One to light; St. Mark, to the snow; St. Luke, to the flashing lightning. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered,.... It became exceeding bright and glorious, it shone like the sun, Matthew 17:2 and hereby his prayer was answered; and thus, as Christ was heard and answered, whilst he was yet speaking, so are his people sometimes; and even their countenance is altered, when they are favoured with communion with God, and instead of a sad and dejected countenance, they have a cheerful one.

And his raiment was white and glistering; it was as white as the light, as snow, and whiter than any fuller on earth could whiten, as the other evangelists say, and so glistened exceedingly; See Gill on Matthew 17:2. See Gill on Mark 9:3. 29. as he prayed, the fashion, etc.—Before He cried He was answered, and while He was yet speaking He was heard. Blessed interruption to prayer this! Thanks to God, transfiguring manifestations are not quite strangers here. Ofttimes in the deepest depths, out of groanings which cannot be uttered, God's dear children are suddenly transported to a kind of heaven upon earth, and their soul is made as the chariots of Amminadab. Their prayers fetch down such light, strength, holy gladness, as make their face to shine, putting a kind of celestial radiance upon it (2Co 3:18, with Ex 34:29-35).

raiment white, etc.—Matthew says, "His face did shine as the sun" (Mt 17:2), and Mark says (Mr 9:3), "His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow, so as no fuller on earth can white them" (Mr 9:3). The light, then, it would seem, shone not upon Him from without, but out of Him from within; He was all irradiated, was in one blaze of celestial glory. What a contrast to that "visage more marred than men, and His form than the sons of men!" (Isa 52:14).9:28-36 Christ's transfiguration was a specimen of that glory in which he will come to judge the world; and was an encouragement to his disciples to suffer for him. Prayer is a transfiguring, transforming duty, which makes the face to shine. Our Lord Jesus, even in his transfiguration, was willing to speak concerning his death and sufferings. In our greatest glories on earth, let us remember that in this world we have no continuing city. What need we have to pray to God for quickening grace, to make us lively! Yet that the disciples might be witnesses of this sign from heaven, after awhile they became awake, so that they were able to give a full account of what passed. But those know not what they say, that talk of making tabernacles on earth for glorified saints in heaven.
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