Luke 9:34
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New International Version
While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

New Living Translation
But even as he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them, and terror gripped them as the cloud covered them.

English Standard Version
As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Berean Study Bible
While Peter was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Berean Literal Bible
And as he is saying these things, a cloud came and was overshadowing them; and they feared in their entering into the cloud.

New American Standard Bible
While he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

King James Bible
While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

Christian Standard Bible
While he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. They became afraid as they entered the cloud.

Contemporary English Version
While Peter was still speaking, a shadow from a cloud passed over, and they were frightened as the cloud covered them.

Good News Translation
While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
While he was saying this, a cloud appeared and overshadowed them. They became afraid as they entered the cloud.

International Standard Version
But while he was saying this, a cloud appeared and surrounded them, and they became terrified as they were being overshadowed by the cloud.

NET Bible
As he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

New Heart English Bible
While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And as he said these things, there was a cloud that formed a tabernacle about them and they were afraid when they beheld Moses and Elijah who entered into the cloud.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While he was saying this, a cloud overshadowed them. They were frightened as they went into the cloud.

New American Standard 1977
And while he was saying this, a cloud formed and began to overshadow them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.

Jubilee Bible 2000
While he was speaking this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

King James 2000 Bible
While he thus spoke, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

American King James Version
While he thus spoke, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

American Standard Version
And while he said these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And as he spoke these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them; and they were afraid, when they entered into the cloud.

Darby Bible Translation
But as he was saying these things, there came a cloud and overshadowed them, and they feared as they entered into the cloud:

English Revised Version
And while he said these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

Webster's Bible Translation
While he was thus speaking, there came a cloud and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

Weymouth New Testament
But while he was thus speaking, there came a cloud which spread over them; and they were awe-struck when they had entered into the cloud.

World English Bible
While he said these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered into the cloud.

Young's Literal Translation
and as he was speaking these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them, and they feared in their entering into the cloud,
Study Bible
The Transfiguration
33As Moses and Elijah were leaving, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34While Peter was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And a voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him!”…
Cross References
Matthew 17:5
While Peter was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him!"

Luke 9:33
As Moses and Elijah were leaving, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)

Luke 9:35
And a voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him!"

Treasury of Scripture

While he thus spoke, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

there.

Exodus 14:19,20 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed …

Exodus 40:34-38 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory …

Psalm 18:9-11 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet…

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Matthew 17:5-7 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

Mark 9:7,8 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out …

and they.

Judges 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas…

Judges 13:22 And Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Daniel 10:8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there …

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …







Verse 34. - While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. This luminous cloud, bright though it was, yet veiled the more intolerable brightness within. That such a bright cloud had the power of overshadowing and concealing, is not strange, for light in its utmost intensity hides as effectually as the darkness would do. God dwells in light inaccessible, whom therefore "no man hath seen, nor can see" (1 Timothy 6:16). Milton writes -

"Dark with excess of light." Philo speaks of the highest light as identical with darkness. Anselm thus understands the cloud here, quoting the words of 1 Timothy 6:16, referred to above, and then the words of Moses, "And Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was" (Exodus 20:21), and then this passage from the Transfiguration, and comments thus: "Illa caligo et ista nubes, atque ilia lux idem sunt" (see Archbishop Trench on "Transfiguration," in 'Studies in the Gospels,' 8). The fear which these eye-witnesses remember as one of their experiences that memorable night was a very natural feeling. As the cloud stole over the mountain ridge, and the glory-light gradually paled and waned, the sensation of intense pleasure and satisfaction, which we may assume to be the natural accompaniment of such a blessed scene, would give place to awe and amazement. While he thus spake there came a cloud,.... While Peter was making the above request, before an answer was returned, a cloud appeared, a very uncommon one, as a symbol of the divine presence: "and overshadowed them"; Jesus, Moses, Elias, and the disciples:

and they feared as they entered into the cloud; either as they themselves entered into it, that coming gradually over them, because of the glory of it, and the solemnity that attended it; or as Moses and Elias entered into it; and so the Syriac and Persic versions read, "they feared when they saw Moses and Elias enter into the cloud"; which took them out of their sight: just as the cloud received Jesus out of the sight of his disciples, when he ascended to heaven, Acts 1:9. 34, 35. a cloud—not one of our watery clouds, but the Shekinah-cloud (see on [1612]Mt 23:39), the pavilion of the manifested presence of God with His people, what Peter calls "the excellent" of "magnificent glory" (2Pe 1:17).

a voice—"such a voice," says Peter emphatically; "and this voice [he adds] we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount" (2Pe 1:17, 18).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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