Matthew 17:2
New International Version
There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

New Living Translation
As the men watched, Jesus' appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

English Standard Version
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

Berean Study Bible
There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Berean Literal Bible
And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light.

New American Standard Bible
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

King James Bible
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Christian Standard Bible
He was transfigured in front of them, and his face shone like the sun; his clothes became as white as the light.

Contemporary English Version
There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

Good News Translation
As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun, and his clothes were dazzling white.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.

International Standard Version
His appearance was changed in front of them, his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light.

NET Bible
And he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

New Heart English Bible
He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua was transformed before them and his face shone like the sun but his garments became white like light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus' appearance changed in front of them. His face became as bright as the sun and his clothes as white as light.

New American Standard 1977
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and [he] was transfigured before them, and his face shined as the sun, and his raiment was as white as the light.

King James 2000 Bible
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his clothing was white as the light.

American King James Version
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

American Standard Version
and he was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.

Darby Bible Translation
And he was transfigured before them. And his face shone as the sun, and his garments became white as the light;

English Revised Version
and he was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he was transfigured before them: and his face shone as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Weymouth New Testament
There in their presence His form underwent a change; His face shone like the sun, and His raiment became as white as the light.

World English Bible
He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his garments became as white as the light.

Young's Literal Translation
and he was transfigured before them, and his face shone as the sun, and his garments did become white as the light,
Study Bible
The Transfiguration
1After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared before them, talking with Jesus.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:29
And when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was unaware that his face had become radiant from speaking with the LORD.

Song of Solomon 6:10
Who is this who shines like the dawn, as fair as the moon, as bright as the sun, as majestic as the stars in procession?

Matthew 17:1
After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.

Matthew 17:3
Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared before them, talking with Jesus.

Revelation 1:16
He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.

Revelation 10:1
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head. His face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.

Treasury of Scripture

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

transfigured.

Luke 9:29
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Philippians 2:6,7
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: …

his face.

Matthew 28:3
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Exodus 34:29-35
And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him…

John 1:14
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

raiment.

Psalm 104:2
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Mark 9:3
And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.







Lexicon
[There]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

He was transfigured
μετεμορφώθη (metemorphōthē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3339: To transform, transfigure. From meta and morphoo; to transform.

before
ἔμπροσθεν (emprosthen)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1715: From en and pros; in front of (literally or figuratively) or time).

them.
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

face
πρόσωπον (prosōpon)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4383: From pros and ops; the front, i.e. The countenance, aspect, appearance, surface; by implication, presence, person.

shone
ἔλαμψεν (elampsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2989: To shine, give light. A primary verb; to beam, i.e. Radiate brilliancy.

like
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

sun,
ἥλιος (hēlios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2246: The sun, sunlight. From hele; the sun; by implication, light.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

clothes
ἱμάτια (himatia)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2440: A long flowing outer garment, tunic. Neuter of a presumed derivative of ennumi; a dress.

became
ἐγένετο (egeneto)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

as white
λευκὰ (leuka)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3022: White, bright, brilliant. From luke; white.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

light.
φῶς (phōs)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.
(2) And was transfigured before them.--Elsewhere in the New Testament (with the exception of the parallel, Mark 9:2) the word is used only in its spiritual sense, and is there rendered "transformed." St. Luke does not use the word, but describes the change which it implies, "the fashion of His countenance became other than it had been" (Luke 9:29). He adds the profoundly significant fact that this was while He was in the act of prayer. It was in that act of communion with His Father that the divine glory flowed out into visible brightness. Transcendent as the manifestation was, it has its lower analogies in the radiance which made the face of Stephen "as the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15); yet more in the glory which shone on the face of Moses when he came down from the mount (Exodus 34:29); in some faint measure, in what may be called the metamorphic power of prayer which invests features that have no form or comeliness with the rapture of devout ecstacy. And it is no over-bold speculation to see in the fact thus noted that which gives its meaning to the Transfiguration as a stage in the training of the disciples. Prayers like those which were offered for Peter that his "faith might not fail" (Luke 22:31-32) at least suggest something as to the intercession of the Master for His disciples, and this, we must remember, was a crisis in their spiritual history. They had risen to the highest faith; they had been offended by the announcement of His rejection, His sufferings, His death. Something was needed which might sustain their faith, on which they might look back in after years as the earnest of a future glory. It was well for them that they should, at least once in His life of lowliness, gaze on the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father (John 1:14), and feel that they were not "following cunningly-devised fables," but had been "eye-witnesses of His majesty" (2Peter 1:16). To those who believe that our Lord's human nature was in very deed, sin only excepted, like unto ours, it will not seem over-bold to suggest that for Him too this might have been a time of conflict and of trial, a renewal of the Temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 16:23), an anticipation of that of the agony of Gethsemane, and that even for Him, in his humanity, there might be in the excellent glory and in the voice from heaven the help and comfort which strengthened Him for the cross and passion. Following the narrative in its details, we may trace its several stages in some such sequence as follows:--After six days, spent apparently with their Lord in the mountain district near Caesarea Philippi, but not in the work of preaching or working miracles, the rest of the disciples are left at the foot of the mountain, and the three follow Him, as the evening closes, to its summit. There, as afterwards in Gethsemane, He withdraws from them "about a stone's throw" (Luke 22:41), and they "watch with Him." and gaze on Him, as He, standing or kneeling (the first was, we must remember, the more common attitude of prayer, Luke 18:11), intercedes for them and for Israel, and, we may add, for mankind. And then, as they gaze, form and features shine with a new glory, bright as the sun, as though the Shechinah cloud had wrapt Him round. Even His garments are "white as the light," "white as snow" (the reading in St. Mark is doubtful, but if genuine the snows of Hermon may have suggested the comparison), as St. Mark adds with his usual descriptive vividness, "so as no fuller on earth can whiten them." Nothing, however, it may be added, suggests the vision of three forms floating in the air with which Raffaelle's glorious picture has made us familiar.

Verse 2. - Was transfigured (μετεμορφώθη); Vulgate, transfiguratus est. The verb is used in classical Greek of transformation, as of a man into an animal. Here it refers to a change of countenance, which is the chief index of any change exterior or interior. St. Luke explains the matter with the words, "The fashion of his countenance was altered." The Word of God allows for a brief space his essential glory to irradiate and shine through the form of a servant which he wore. Not that he showed his Divine nature, or laid aside his human body; his bodily nature remained in its entirety, but permeating it was an effulgence which indicated the Godhead. Perhaps it might be said, as an old writer puts it, that the Transfiguration was less a new miracle than the temporary cessation of an habitual miracle; for the veiling of his glory was the real marvel, the Divine restraint which prohibited the illumination of his sacred humanity. Before them. In their presence. Jesus probably had withdrawn in order to pray in secret, but returned to the waiting three, that they might behold his glory - be "eyewitnesses of his majesty," as St. Peter says (2 Peter 1:16). These, indeed, had been heavy with sleep (Luke), but had awoke at his appearance, and beheld the vision in full possession of their senses. St. Matthew mentions specially two points in this transfiguration. His face did shine as the sun. This recalls the appearance of the Son of man in Revelation 1:16, "His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." And his raiment was white as the light. The light which emanated from his body shone through and glorified his very garments. The Vulgate has sicut nix, and χιὼν is read in some few manuscripts in place of φῶς: but the word is doubtless introduced here from St. Mark (where, however, it is of doubtful genuineness). If this second evangelist received his account from St. Peter, we recognize the simile in the apostle's remembrance of the snow clad peak of Hermon, in whose vicinity the event transpired. No candid reader can fail to acknowledge that it is no subjective vision that is here narrated, no merely inward impression on brain or nerve with nothing external to correspond, but a real, objective occurrence, which was beheld by mortal eyes endued with no supernatural or abnormal powers, except in so far as they were enabled to look on this partial emanation of the Divine effulgence. 17:1-13 Now the disciples beheld somewhat of Christ's glory, as of the only begotten of the Father. It was intended to support their faith, when they would have to witness his crucifixion; and would give them an idea of the glory prepared for them, when changed by his power and made like him. The apostles were overcome by the glorious sight. Peter thought that it was most desirable to continue there, and to go no more down to meet the sufferings of which he was so unwilling to hear. In this he knew not what he said. We are wrong, if we look for a heaven here upon earth. Whatever tabernacles we propose to make for ourselves in this world, we must always remember to ask Christ's leave. That sacrifice was not yet offered, without which the souls of sinful men could not have been saved; and important services were to be done by Peter and his brethren. While Peter spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, an emblem of the Divine presence and glory. Ever since man sinned, and heard God's voice in the garden, unusual appearances of God have been terrible to man. They fell prostrate to the earth, till Jesus encouraged them; when looking round, they beheld only their Lord as they commonly saw him. We must pass through varied experiences in our way to glory; and when we return to the world after an ordinance, it must be our care to take Christ with us, and then it may be our comfort that he is with us.
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