Luke 9:28

The Transfiguration

28 1Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him 2Peter and John and James and 3went up on the mountain to pray.

Luke 9:28 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 9:28

And it came to pass, about an eight days after those
About a week after he had declared the above things, at, or near to Caesarea Philippi. The other evangelists, Matthew and Mark, say it was six days after: the reason of this difference is, because Luke takes in the day in which he delivered these sayings, and that in which he was transfigured, and they only reckon the intermediate days:

he took Peter, and John, and James;
the same that he admitted to be with him at the raising of Jairus's daughter, and in the garden afterwards:

and went up into a mountain to pray;
to his God and Father, that his disciples might have a visible display of his glory, as an emblem and pledge of that in which he shall hereafter appear: it was usual with Christ to go up into a mountain to pray; ( Matthew 14:23 ) ( Luke 6:12 ) . (See Gill on Matthew 17:1).

Luke 9:28 In-Context

26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."
28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.
30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah,

Cross References 3

  • 1. For ver. 28-36, see Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8
  • 2. Luke 8:51; Mark 14:33
  • 3. See Matthew 14:23
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