Mark 9:3

3 and 1his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one[a] on earth could bleach them.

Mark 9:3 Meaning and Commentary

Mark 9:3

And his raiment became shining
With the rays of glory and brightness which darted from his body through his clothes, and made them as bright as the light of the sun at noon day: and

exceeding white as snow;
than which nothing is whiter;

so as no fuller on earth can white them.
The Syriac version renders it, "as men cannot white on earth"; and the Persic thus, "so as men could not behold him". Just as the Israelites could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, because of the glory of his countenance, when he came down from the mount; (See Gill on Matthew 17:2).

Mark 9:3 In-Context

1 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."

Cross References 1

  • 1. Daniel 7:9; [Psalms 104:2; Matthew 28:3]

Footnotes 1

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