|New American Standard Bible (© 1995)|
And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
King James Bible
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
American Standard Version
His appearance was as lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Young's Literal Translation
and his countenance was as lightning, and his clothing white as snow,
Matthew 28:3 Additional TranslationsBarnes' Notes on the Bible
His countenance - In our language the word "countenance" refers to the "face only;" in the original it refers to his "whole person." His "general aspect, or the appearance of the angel himself," was, etc.
Like lightning - Peculiarly bright and shining.
His raiment white as snow - Celestial beings are usually represented as clothed in white, Acts 1:10; Daniel 7:9; Revelation 3:4-5; Revelation 4:4; Revelation 7:13-14. White, among the Jews, was the symbol of "purity or innocence."
Matthew 28:3 Parallel CommentariesAppearance Clothes Clothing Countenance Form Lightning Raiment Shining Snow WhiteAppearance Clothes Clothing Countenance Form Lightning Raiment Shining Snow WhiteNew American Standard Bible Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
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Daniel 7:9 "I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.
Daniel 10:6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
Matthew 28:4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
Mark 9:3 and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them.
John 20:12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.
Acts 1:10 And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.